Cruz Missle

from: David Martosko of the UK Daily Mail

Senator Ted Cruz is mad as hell about the U.S. State Department, and he’s not going to take it anymore. The Texas Republican said Wednesday that because President Obama has never appointed an Inspector General to investigate the agency’s problems, he will block every other State Department nominee until that’s corrected.

‘The President’s failure to nominate a State Department Inspector General since taking office in 2009 is unacceptable,’ Cruz said. ‘The position has been vacant for almost 2,000 days.’

‘During the last five years, there have been deadly attacks on U.S. diplomatic personnel in Libya, mismanagement of security contractors at our embassy in Afghanistan, and hundreds of millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars wasted for police training in Iraq,’ he complained.

 
Cruz said he's fed up with the administration's failure to appoint watchdogs inside cabinet-level agencies. Any single senator can place a 'hold' on a presidential nominee
 

 

 
Then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and President Barack Obama spoke during a Transfer of Remains Ceremony following the Benghazi attack
Then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and President Barack Obama spoke during a Transfer of Remains Ceremony following the Benghazi attack. Without a functioning Inspector General, Cruz contends, it’s unlikely the truth about the State Department’s failures in Libya will ever be known

‘These issues highlight the State Department’s need for an Inspector General as soon as possible. Until the President acts, I have notified Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell that I will place a hold on all State Department nominations.’

On June 14 the president nominated six new ambassadors to serve in Brazil, Spain, Germany, Denmark, Ethiopia and the Vatican. 

Four days earlier he announced his picks to represent the U.S. at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and on the UN Human Rights Council.

On May 23 the administration nominated ambassadors to Nigeria and NATO, and named former State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland to be Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs.

 
Secretary of State John Kerry, like Hillary Clinton before him, has been silent on his agency's lack of a chief internal investigator
Secretary of State John Kerry, like Hillary Clinton before him, has been silent on his agency’s lack of a chief internal investigator

 

 
U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans died during the 2012 terror attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya
U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans died during the 2012 terror attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The State Department’s own internal probe into that event has inspired little confidence among congressional Republicans

While Cruz’s one-man wrecking crew will place all those appointments in jeopardy, it’s Nuland’s nomination that could prove most embarrassing for the White House.

Nuland is the staffer who is most closely identified with the administration’s rewriting of the CIA’s candid assessment of what happened on Sept. 12, 2012 when terrorists attacked the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

The result was a doctored set of talking points that conservatives say gave UN Ambassador Susan Rice a clear field to lie on five Sunday political talk shows.

 
Ted Cruz has emerged as the tea party's most visible champion, advocating a hard line against the Obama administration and the abolition of the IRS. He addressed a tea party rally on Capitol Hill on June 19
Ted Cruz has emerged as the tea party’s most visible champion, advocating a hard line against the Obama administration and the abolition of the IRS. He addressed a tea party rally on Capitol Hill on June 19

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland's emails show that the agency, then headed by Hillary Clinton, had a direct hand in altering the official story on the Benghazi terror attack

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland’s emails show that the agency, then headed by Hillary Clinton, had a direct hand in altering the official story on the Benghazi terror attack

 

Without an inspector general, that episode won’t likely be investigated internally.

Cruz cited information from the Project on Government Oversight, which said three other high level agencies — the Interior and Labor Departments, and the Agency for International Development — also lack Inspectors General.

The State Department did not respond to a request for comment.

 

A Glimpse into Obamacare

So Obamacare is going to save us money and undoubtably run like a swiss watch. Most government programs do.

Just picture the following on a national scale and be afraid. Be very afraid.

Also, keep in mind that this department was created in 2009, just 3 years ago.

By Snejana Farberov:

In Washington DC, being dead is no reason not to take full advantage of one’s health care benefits.

A new audit by the Office of the Inspector General has revealed that the municipality spent nearly $700,000 on Medicaid coverage for the deceased.

In total, there were 129 cases involving payments for services rendered that were made after a patient had died.

In one case, a payment was made nearly nine years after the patient’s passing.

According to the audit, the city’s Department of Health Care Finance shelled out nearly $4 million in erroneous payments in 2009, most of which went toward claims with an invalid or nonexistent Social Security number.

Officials are also investigating allegations that the department might have overpaid its billings by $22.6 million.

Some of the overpayments have been blamed on changes in insurance rates between the time of billing and the time of payment.

While the department, which was created in 2009, has corrected many of the clerical errors that caused these costly gaffes, the findings of the audit are likely to result in calls for increased scrutiny of its operations at an upcoming oversight hearing.

“We will dig into why this happened, what has been done to correct it, and how to prevent similar overpayments from happening in the future”, said at-large DC Councilman David Catania, who chairs the Council’s Committee on Health.

In response to the audit, a spokesperson for the agency told the Washington Examiner that in December 2010, the department put into place a new system capable of discontinuing payments after a patient’s death. What a great idea!

The department’s troubles do not stop there, however. The audit has found that the agency paid $22.6 million extra on Medicaid claims totaling $124 million. In one case, the department nearly made a payment of $5.6 million for a $100 claim.

According to the spokesperson, it was a case of ‘fat fingers’ that nearly caused the multimillion-dollar error when a clerk held down the ‘5’ key long enough to create a $5.6 million entry.

Officials are now going over all 78,361 claims that might include an error.

In its first year of operation, the Department of Health Care Finance paid about $1 billion.