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Obama’s 2018 budget requests will make him most expensive ex-president on taxpayer dime — Here’s why

September 4, 2017 Leave a comment

Former President Barack Obama’s budget requests for 2018 will make him the most expensive living ex-president for taxpayers.

According to the Washington Times, Obama’s post-presidential needs will cost taxpayers $1,153,000 next year. The figure surpasses former Presidents George W. Bush by more than $100,000, Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush by more than $200,000 and Jimmy Carter by nearly $700,000.

More from the Times:

By far the biggest cost for ex-presidents is renting office space. Mr. Obama’s office — 8,198 square feet in D.C. — will cost taxpayers $536,000 next year, the most of any ex-president. Mr. Clinton’s New York office is bigger, at 8,300 square feet, but slightly cheaper at $518,000. The younger Mr. Bush’s office in Dallas is $497,000, while his father’s space in Houston is $286,000. Mr. Carter’s Atlanta office is just $115,000.

The 1958 Former Presidents Act provides former living presidents with several lifelong benefits, including taxpayer funded office space, staff, travel and pension.

Post-presidential pensions begin at a base rate of $205,700, but former presidents can ask Congress for additional money. According to the Congressional Research Service memo, which details the numbers, Obama’s pension next year will be $236,000, the highest of his colleagues. Clinton’s is second-highest at $231,000 while the younger Bush’s is third-highest at $225,000.

The Times notes that the 50’s-era law was passed after Harry Truman struggled for income after leaving the White House.

In modern days, however, the presidential office makes a former first family extremely wealthy, which makes one question why former presidents need taxpayer funded anything, yet alone a pension and employment benefits.

In fact, the Clintons have made more than $100 million in their post-White House days. The younger Bushes have also racked up tens of millions in wealth since leaving Washington in Jan. 2009. But the Obamas are expected to eclipse the earnings of any former president with massive book deals and lucrative speaking engagements. Their post-White House career earnings are expected to be measured in hundreds of millions of dollars.

So far, the Obamas reportedly accepted more than $60 million to work on post-presidential memoirs while Barack has already hit the speaking circuit.

Obama Is the Most Expensive Ex-President for American Taxpayers

September 4, 2017 Leave a comment

Former President Barack Obama is on track to become the most expensive ex-president for American taxpayers, since his requested 2018 budget will cost taxpayers $1,153,000, according to the Congressional Research Service.

The Washington Times obtained a memo from the Congressional Research Service that showed the budget requests of all five living ex-presidents, and Obama’s is $100,000 more than former President George W. Bush’s request and $200,000 more than former President Bill Clinton’s.

Former President George H.W. Bush’s expected budget clocks in at $942,000, while Jimmy Carter has the least expensive budget at $456,000.

The Former Presidents Act, enacted in 1958 after former President Harry Truman reportedly went broke after leaving the White House, ensures that all living former presidents are entitled to benefits such as a pension and office space.

Former presidents may also submit budget requests to Congress for additional expenses such as staff salaries, Secret Service protection, and miscellaneous office expenses such as printing costs or communications.

The majority of Obama’s budget will go towards renting his 8,198 square foot office in Washington, DC. Obama’s office will reportedly cost taxpayers $536,000 for 2018 – the most of any ex-president.

Clinton’s New York office is slightly bigger but costs less than Obama’s office, with expenses totaling $518,000 for next year. George W. Bush’s Dallas office costs $497,000, while his father’s Houston office costs taxpayers $286,000. Carter’s office in Atlanta only costs taxpayers $115,000.

Obama also takes home the most in pension payments out of all the living ex-presidents, with his yearly pension totaling $236,000.

Clinton comes in second with a $231,000 pension, while George W. Bush comes in third taking home a $225,000 pension.

Obama ‘Still Running the FBI,’ Says Lawyer After Agency Blocks Access to Clinton Records

August 31, 2017 Leave a comment

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FBI officials are claiming a lack of public interest justifies their decision to keep Hilary Clinton’s very controversial archived records from being released to the public.

“We have determined you have not sufficiently demonstrated that the public’s interest in disclosure outweighs personal privacy interests of the subject,” says the August 28 letter from David Hardy, the FBI’s record manager.

“I’m just stunned. This is exactly what I would have expected had Mrs. Clinton won the election,” Clevenger told the Washington Times. “It looks like the [Barack] Obama Administration is still running the FBI,” Clevenger added.

“It is incumbent upon the requester to provide documentation regarding the public’s interest in the operations and activities of the government before records can be processed pursuant to the FOIA,” said the time-wasting response, which will likely be appealed by the filer, New York lawyer Ty Clevenger.

Clinton’s records have been the focus of global attention, especially in the run-up to the shocking November presidential election in 2016 as the FBI renewed investigation into her emails, computer records and her husband’s secret runway meeting with the serving Attorney General, Loretta Lynch. In fact, Democrats blame Clinton’s November defeat on the public furor over her records.

President Donald Trump’s pick to head the FBI, Christopher Wray, took office August 2.

His arrival forced the acting director, Andrew McCabe, back to his role as deputy FBI director. McCabe’s wife is a Democratic activist, and he served under fired FBI director James Comey.

Officials Ending Obama’s Sex-Ed Spending

August 31, 2017 Leave a comment

Agency officials are eliminating sex-education grants created by former President Barack Obama because the grants did not lower teen birth rates, says a senior official at the Department of Health and Human Services.

The Teen Pregnancy Prevention grants are “more than disappointing,” Valerie Huber, the chief of staff for the assistant secretary for health told Breitbart News.

The Trump administration is asking Congress to end funding for the TPP grants in the 2018 budget, while it renews funding for Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) education, also known as abstinence-based education. Huber is the former co-founder, president, and CEO of Ascend, which promotes abstinence-based sex education.

In contrast, Obama did not request any funding for abstinence-based education in his 2017 budget. In fact, Obama’s final versions of TPP grants require training students to believe the new gender ideology which claims that a person’s biological sex is subordinate to the person’s self-declared “gender.” That ideology attempts to undermine the science-based civic understanding that there are only two equal and complementary biological sexes – male and female.

“The determination to ask for the elimination of this [TPP] program in the president’s budget came about for two reasons,” Huber says, explaining:

Number one, because they said actually in the budget that there is no proof to suggest that the TPP program was responsible for the drop in teen birth rates. And, that is despite the insistence of advocates that the teen pregnancy and teen birth rates had dropped precipitously in the last eight years, and certainly it must be because of the new TPP program, which also stood up in those very same eight years.

The second reason that we took this step, however, is because the research for this program is more than disappointing. It shows that this program has been ineffective. And, in fact, more than 70 percent of the program showed no impact or negative impact – which means that the communities that implemented these programs were promised that, if you implement these evidence-based programs, you can expect to achieve similar positive results in your community. And, so, in good faith a lot of these communities did just that – implemented them. And then – five years later – the research comes out and it shows – despite the promises, despite the narrative surrounding this program – it didn’t deliver.

Just prior to her appointment to her current post, Huber’s group Ascend noted that Trump’s proposed budget calls for “a dramatic change in federal sex education policy.”

Research has shown, the organization said, that more than 80% of students in the Obama-era TPP either fared worse or no better than their peers.

Additionally, Ascend observed, the numerous studies supporting Comprehensive Sex Education have produced results that “are not as compelling as they first appear.”

The group cites weaknesses in the research, as well as flawed metrics and ignorance of common research protocols.

“Currently, only 10 cents of every federal sex education dollar is devoted to SRA education,” Huber – still as Ascend’s president – said upon release of Trump’s budget. “With the elimination of the TPP program and maintenance of the Sexual Risk Avoidance Education Program, about 20 cents of every dollar will be devoted to SRA education.”

“The majority of teens have not had sex, far fewer than 25 years ago,” she added at the time.

In her new post, Huber acknowledges the nation has seen unprecedented decreases in teen birth rates, but states “those rates began their steep decline before the TPP program began.”

She adds:

In addition to that, even if it began at the very same time and even if the TPP programs were shown to be 100 percent effective – which, of course, we know is not the case – but let’s assume for a moment they were. They still could not claim credit for this and it’s because the program serves so few students – between .15 percent and – being very, very generous – we’ll say 1 percent of youth are served in this program. You can neither take the blame or the credit for any population-wide change like that, particularly when you’re serving such a small percentage of that targeted population.

Huber notes that, despite her expertise in the area of sex education, the decision to end the grants for TPP was not made by just one person at HHS.

“We here at HHS looked at the evidence and saw that this program [TPP] was not delivering as promised,” she explained. “And, rather than continuing these grants to their completion – which would be a full five years – we notified the grantees that their July 1 grants would go forward, but for only one year, rather than for three more years. And that permits them, then, to prepare for and actually bring about a shutdown of that grant.”

Huber explains the history of TPP:

TPP was begun in 2010. President Obama’s first budget that he sent to Congress asked that the community-based abstinence education program – which was funded at over $100 million – be defunded and that those funds be diverted to this new program that he wanted to begin – the TPP. And Congress consented and, as a result, the Obama administration cut off – midstream – just under 175 programs from the community-based abstinence education program.

Our critics insist that our cutting the TPP grants short by two years was unprecedented, and that it had never occurred before, when, in fact, the TPP was begun by eliminating another program.

With Obama as a longstanding supporter of Planned Parenthood, and former HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius an abortion advocate, it comes as no surprise that America’s largest provider of abortions and champion of artificial contraception received a significant number of grants to implement TPP.

In 2014, for example, Planned Parenthood announced that 15 of its affiliates across the country were awarded grants of some $19 million and were “recognized as leaders in teen pregnancy prevention” when they were selected by HHS “to receive new grant funding as part of President Obama’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative.”

“As the oldest, largest and most trusted provider of sex education and pregnancy prevention in the country, we are thrilled to have this opportunity to work with the Office of Adolescent Health, states, health departments and community based organizations to make sure young people get high-quality programs that work,” said Dr. Leslie Kantor, vice president of education at Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

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200,000 Deportation Cases ‘Closed’ under Obama

August 30, 2017 Leave a comment

(Washington Examiner) During the Obama era up to 200,000 deportation cases were “administratively closed” without action, a move that left tens of thousands of illegal immigrants free to roam America, sometimes indefinitely, according to a new report.

When added to those cases still pending court action, it brings the backlog of cases to about 800,000, far more than previously known.

In the report for the Center for Immigration Studies, former immigration judge Andrew R. Arthur said that there are some 100,000 cases that were closed, but told Secrets that it could be as high as 200,000.

“My back-of-the-envelope calculations suggest at least 100,000 more are possible, for 200,000 on top of the 600,000 we currently have,” said Arthur.

RELATED: Deportation Orders Surge 28% Under Attorney General Jeff Sessions

In his report, he said the exact number isn’t known. “I believe that the Obama administration’s use of the practice may have ‘cooked the books’ as it relates to the true number of cases that are pending adjudication before the immigration courts.”

The Trump administration has taken action to reverse the practice of letting authorities close the cases and is working to reschedule them, he added.

That’s likely to create an even bigger immigration court backlog of about 2,400 cases per judge…

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How Obama’s own study on transgender military service supports Trump’s ban

August 27, 2017 Leave a comment

Deployability will be the determining factor in whether transgender individuals can be admitted into the military under President Donald Trump’s ban, and the average transgender soldier will be unable to deploy for 238 days after sex change surgery due to recovery time, according to a 2016 study.

The study

In 2016, the RAND Corporation conducted a study assessing the implications of allowing transgender personnel to serve openly in the military. The study was commissioned by former President Barack Obama’s administration and funded by the office of former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter.

The study sought to address the following research questions:

  • What are the health care needs of the transgender population?
  • What is the estimated transgender population in the U.S. military?
  • How many transgender service members are likely to seek gender transition-related medical treatments?
  • What are the costs associated with extending health care coverage for gender transition-related treatments?
  • What are the potential readiness implications of allowing transgender service members to serve openly?
  • Which DoD policies would need to be changed if transgender service members are allowed to serve openly?

Other key findings

  • At the time of the study, there were 1,320-6,630 transgender active service members. The reason for the wide range is that policies on transgender service at that time limited the amount of data. There were approximately 1.3 million active service members in 2016.
  • Health care costs would increase by $2.4 to $8.4 million annually (an increase of 0.04 to 0.13 percent) in order to cover gender transition-related health care coverage.
  • Estimates indicate between 29 and 129 service members in the active component will seek transition-related care each year that could disrupt their ability to deploy.

Implications

The debate surrounding the transgender military ban centers on the question of how disruptive or not disruptive transgender personnel are to budgets and operations.

This study was commissioned by the Obama administration, which lifted the ban on transgender military service in 2016, and it presents facts in a way that supports that administration’s point of view.

Proponents of the transgender ban can point to the additional millions of dollars and months of recovery time for gender transition treatments as a good reason to eliminate or minimize the number of transgender people in the military.

The quantifiable impact of transgender military personnel is still somewhat unclear due to a lack of data, so it will be crucial that more studies and fact-finding are conducted in order for the Trump administration to support its decision, which is likely to be challenged up to and after its implementation by Democrats and other opponents.

Obama Never Told 21 States Russians Were Hacking Their Voting Systems

August 17, 2017 Leave a comment

“We can’t find any secretaries of state who say they have been told they are part of this list of ‘targeted’ states.”

State election officials still don’t know which 21 of their jurisdictions Russian hackers targeted, The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has learned.

Secretaries of state — who are the top election officials in 40 states — told TheDCNF they were shocked to learn of the Russian hacking when Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials first divulged it at a June 21, 2017, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing.

“We can’t find any secretaries of state who say they have been told they are part of this list of ‘targeted’ states.” said a spokeswoman for the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), which is the oldest nonpartisan professional organization for public officials, representing top state election officials in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.

The testimony of Jeanette Manfra, acting deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity and communications at DHS’s National Protection and Programs Directorate, before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence stunned NAAS.

“We have evidence of election-related systems in 21 states that were targeted,” she said.

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