Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Why U.S. Hates International Treaties and Russia

If you have ever wondered why there is a fanatic movement against the United States entering into international treaties, well here is a fine example of covert political marketing to keep the States' dirty little secrets of child welfare buried.

Parental Rights is an highly organized movement which has created a movement to ratify the U.S. Constitution under the guise of "parental rights".  Parental Rights, as I have remained steadfast in my position that only the States Attorney General have been granted parental rights, are to be used as a political force to enforce social morality of a particular group of special interest investors.

Without going into details of the background and visions of the particular group of special interest investors, I will focus on the point that the Parental Rights Amendment has a specific section where it would allow, in so many words, the U.S. to thumb its proverbial nose up at international treaties like the  Consular Convention between the Soviet Union and the United States of 1964.

And this is why Russia and any other county will never be granted access to the foster care records because the particular group of special interest investors call it a parental right.

Shhh, it's a secret.


Russia demands US grant access to adopted child subject to abuse


MOSCOW, October 30 - RAPSI. 
Moscow has demanded that the U.S. authorities grant Russian consulate employees unlimited access to Maxim Babayev, who was subject to abuse from his U.S. foster family, according to a statement by foreign ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova.

Maxim's adoptive parents were arrested in Brevard, Florida on suspicion of child abuse last year. The court later closed the case. In September, Russian diplomats requested a full explanation from the US authorities and details of the boy's whereabouts so that they could meet with him.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said that the ruling recently passed by the Brevard District Court, Florida, refusing to grant the Russian consulate access to Babayev contradicts the provisions of the Consular Convention between the Soviet Union and the United States of 1964.
Zakharova said that the Brevard District Court ignored Moscow's request to grant Russian consulate employees unlimited access to Babayev, and instead recommended talking with Maxim's temporary guardian over the telephone.
Here is the official  release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation:

Answer of Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and Supremacy of Law of MFA of Russia K. K. Dolgov to a question of RIA Novosti regarding the situation around six-year old Maxim Babaev
1896-08-10-2012
    Question: How is the situation with Maxim Babaev adopted in the U.S. which underwent abuse by his foster parents?
    Answer: The MFA of Russia and the Embassy in Washington keep this issue under constant control. However, “a concerned, adequate approach to Babaev's case on the part of American authorities has not been evident". The Russian consular representatives, who addressed the U.S. authorities, had received only unclear explanations which confirmed the facts of the child abuse in 2011. It turned out that once again, despite the initiated in last October criminal case on suspicion of infliction of bodily injury, the Brevard District Court (in Florida) did not find the foster parents guilty in August 2012 .
    A detached position of the U.S. Department of State is an issue of special concern. Particularly, it has disallowed a consular visit to the child set forth in the Consular Convention between the Soviet Union and the United States of 1964. We consider this meeting extremely important and necessary to make sure that the child is in good conditions. The foreign policy agency of the U.S. in close collaboration with the competent social services of Brevard must arrange a meeting of the Russian Embassy’s representatives with Maxim Babaev and provide all the necessary information on the situation around the boy.
    We believe that those guilty in abuse of M. Babaev will undergo due punishment, and the boy will be placed in an adequate and well-tried family.
    We proceed from the fact that acting Russian-American agreements, particularly, coming in force Agreement on Collaboration in International Adoption, will bring all the necessary instruments in order to prevent such tragic incidents. It is important that the U.S. authorities promote strict and full observance of the above Agreement for the purpose of effective security of rights and interests of the adopted Russian children.
Держите его собираются России
October 8, 2012

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Russian uproar over adopted boy's punishment in US

SPECIAL NOTE:  This was to be published May 2011.  The error was found and corrected due to new movement in Russia's activities to find out what is happening in foster care in the United States.

Anyone want to take a stab as to the reasons why the children were not removed and placed in foster care?  Watch and read, then go to the bottom to see if you caught what is going on.


ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Russian officials are closely watching a case involving an Anchorage mother of six who was charged with child abuse after a video that aired on "Dr. Phil" showed her punishing her adopted Russian son by squirting hot sauce into his mouth and forcing him into a cold shower.
The case has sparked a public uproar in Russia at a time that nation is nearing completion of a bilateral treaty with the U.S. on adoptions. Russia called for the agreement following the deaths of Russian children who were abused or neglected by their adoptive American parents in recent years.
Russian officials say they have not ruled out pushing for the return of the 7-year-old boy to his native country should his adoptive mother, Jessica Beagley, be found guilty.
"This video caused a huge wave of outrage in Russia," said Andrey Bondarev of the Russian Consulate in Seattle. "We're going to pay attention because this behavior is absolutely unacceptable."
Beagley's attorney, meanwhile, maintains she is a caring mother who submitted the video to the show because she genuinely wanted help.
The boy and his fraternal twin brother remain in the home with Beagley, her husband and their four biological children. Bondarev, who twice visited the family, said he saw no reason to have the boys removed at this point, and neither did authorities. He said Beagley vowed to never exert that kind of discipline again.
Authorities began investigating Beagley, 36, after the video aired in November in a segment on the CBS show called "Mommy Confessions." The city charged Beagley with one misdemeanor count of child abuse last month.
She has pleaded not guilty.
The video, shot by Beagley's 10-year-old daughter, included sounds of the boy screaming behind the shower curtain and Beagley yelling about the consequences of misbehavior. It brought many in the show's audience to tears.
On the air, host Phil McGraw called Beagley's actions abusive and over the top.
Beagley is married to an Anchorage police officer who was aware of the punishment, Bondarev said. The husband, Gary Beagley, also was investigated, according to municipal prosecutor Cynthia Franklin. She declined to elaborate, saying only that he has not been charged.
On the show, Jessica Beagley said the boy acts up and lies. She said other disciplinary actions such as time-outs, spankings and soap in the mouth have had no effect on his misbehavior.
"I would definitely say that (the boy) is the biggest stress in my life," she said.
Bill Ingaldson, Beagley's attorney, declined to make his client available for an interview. He said she was on the show to seek help about the boy, who was adopted with his brother when they were 5 years old. She saw a "Dr. Phil" episode inviting frustrated parents to the show, according to her lawyer, so she wrote to producers but didn't hear back until 18 months later.
She originally sent a video showing her talking to her children about cold showers as a consequence of misbehavior, but producers wanted to see the actual discipline, Ingaldson said.
The subsequent video was made after legitimate misbehavior, and Beagley's sole motivation was to find solutions, he said.
"She's being portrayed as this evil person, which isn't at all the case," he said. "She's a really caring mom."
Show spokeswoman Stacey Luchs said producers routinely accept home videos or ask participants to tape "naturally occurring behaviors and interactions, in order to gain insight" when dealing with family dynamics.
"We were shocked by what we saw, and called for the immediate halting of this behavior and also referred, at the show's expense, both mother and child for evaluation and treatment with appropriate professionals," she told The Associated Press in an e-mail.
Yevgeniy Khorishko, a spokesman for the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C., said his office is following the case, which has prompted many reactions in his country.
Russia and U.S. officials are concluding work on a new, binding agreement to cover adoptions between the two countries. Russia demanded such an agreement after a Tennessee adoptive mother put her 7-year-old boy on a plane back to Moscow last year, unaccompanied by an adult.
There also have been instances of severe mistreatment by American parents, Khorishko said.
"There were several cases in recent years with adopted Russian children, including the deaths, beatings and cruel attitude of the parents toward these children," he said. "We actually questioned many times our American counterparts on these issues, and we both understood that we actually need an agreement."
An estimated 17 adopted Russian children have died in instances of domestic violence in American families since 1992, according to Pavel Astakhov, Russia's government-appointed children's rights ombudsman. His office also is monitoring the Beagley case.
"Theoretically, we don't rule out that we could insist on the return of the boy to Russia. But at this point we're not going to," Astakhov said. He suggested that could happen if the family is shown to be unfit to raise him, but he added it's too early to draw that conclusion.---

1. The husband is a local police officer and everyone probably likes him on the force.  


2, The case has international attention and removal of the child to be placed in foster care would not sit well with U.S. Russian relations.


3. There is no oversight in American child welfare and to admit this would be embarrassing. 

Saturday, October 27, 2012

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Kids Elect President Barack Obama The Winner In Nickelodeon's Kids Pick the President "Kids' Vote" National Poll


 — /PRNewswire/ -- The kids of the United States have spoken and President Barack Obama has been elected the winner of Nickelodeon's 2012 Kids Pick the President "Kids' Vote."  Since it began in 1988, kids have correctly picked the winner (in advance of the national election) five out of the last six times.  More than half a million votes were cast in the network's online poll as part of Nickelodeon's Kids Pick the President initiative to build young citizens' awareness of, and involvement in, the election process.  
President Obama received 65% of the vote and former Governor Mitt Romney received 35%.  In order to more closely replicate the actual election, and to ensure the results were more authentic, this year the voting was limited to one vote per electronic device.  Kids were able to cast their votes online from Oct. 15 to Oct. 22.
On Monday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT), Linda Ellerbee, the Emmy Award-winning host of Nickelodeon's Nick News, will announce the winner of the Kids Pick the President "Kids' Vote" on the network. 
"What politicians do definitely affects kids but for me, it's not about who wins," said Ellerbee.  "It's about creating tomorrow's voters.  Democracy takes work. We're the practice field."
Leading up to the Kids Pick the President online vote, Nickelodeon aired two election-themed Nick News with Linda Ellerbee specials this year, which ranked as the series' highest-rated episodes for 2012 to date.  In "Kids Pick the President: The Issues" (Sept. 17), kids nationwide ranked the campaign issues most important to them.  "Kids Pick the President: The Candidates" (Oct. 15) provided an opportunity for the two major party U.S. presidential candidates to answer kids' questions.  This year's candidate special featured President Obama sitting down with Nick Newsat the White House to answer kids' questions and previously taped video clips of Romney addressing issues raised by kids.  Romney was unable to participate in the special.

Read more here: http://www.heraldonline.com/2012/10/22/4355816/kids-elect-president-barack-obama.html#storylink=cpy

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Monday, October 22, 2012

How To Fail Vulnerable Children - Baby LK Report For October 21st 2012

Baby LK recaps the week in news for the child protection industry with an all new and improved news format!
 
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Friday, October 19, 2012

Ranking Democrats Demand Answers from Republican Chairman After Felony Arrest for Voter Registration Fraud by RNC Contractor




(DETROIT) – Today, the top Democratic Members on committees responsible for Elections, the Judiciary, and Oversight sent a second letter to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus calling on him to make clear the RNC’s associations with individuals and companies charged with acts of voter registration fraud in states across the country. This letter followed an earlier letter from the three Ranking Members sent to Chairman Priebus on October 02, 2012 in response to allegations of widespread voter registration fraud in Florida by a company tied to Nathan Sproul, a long-time Republican operative who has been dogged by accusations of voter registration fraud dating back at least to 2004.

The second letter comes hours after the Rockingham County Sheriff arrested Colin Small in Harrisonburg, VA, and charged him with 13 counts of voter registration fraud, including eight felony counts. Small reportedly works for PinPoint Staffing, a company hired by the Republican Party of Virginia. He was seen allegedly throwing completed voter registration forms into the trash, a crime in the Commonwealth of Virginia. His apparent employer - Pinpoint Staffing - is tied to the Florida voter registration fraud allegations in which more than 100 suspicious voter registration forms were turned in to local election officials in more than 10 counties. PinPoint is a regular subcontractor of Sproul’s company, Strategic Allied Consulting, to which the RNC has paid $3 million for “voter registration” efforts ahead of the November 6 election. Small, the man arrested in Virginia, has claimed that he is working for the Republican National Committee itself.

Today’s letter calls on the RNC Chairman to declare forthrightly “whether the RNC will cut all ties to PinPoint and all of Mr. Sproul’s various operations.” The Members point out, the RNC has previously claimed to have severed ties with Sproul’s operations after the Florida scandal broke but a spokesman confessed to the Los Angeles Times that “the registration operation that he assembled continued working under the supervision of party officials.”

Citing both the proximity to Election Day, now less than 17 days away, and the history of Americans who have given their lives in the fight for voting rights, from the Revolutionary War to the martyrs of the Civil Rights Movement, the Democratic Members demanded answers and complete transparency from the Republican National Committee.


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Monday, October 15, 2012

Michigan Refuses To Control Medicaid Fraud

Michigan could save another $1 Billion if the Attorney General Medicaid Fraud Control Unit would do something about Medicaid fraud in child welfare.

Michigan could save $1 billion over 10 years and provide health insurance to 600,000 residents if it expands Medicaid eligibility as allowed by the national health care reform law, according to a report to be released today.

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act in June, but one provision was not upheld: penalizing states that opt out of the laws expanding Medicaid.

That means the decision to expand Medicaid eligibility to other residents has been left up to the states. Michigan has not yet made a decision on how to proceed, but some lawmakers have proposed a bill to ban Medicaid expansion.
The report is issued by the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation (CHRT) in collaboration with two University of Michigan economists.

It shows cost savings to Michigan for six years starting in 2014, when states can begin expanding Medicaid eligibility and the federal government will pick up 100 percent of the cost. It also shows a minimal cost to Michigan starting in 2020, when the states pay 10 percent of the cost.

"It's a good economic choice for the state," said Marianne Udow-Phillips, CHRT director. "It's a billion dollars in savings over 10 years." Marianne Udow was former Director of Michigan Department of Human Services.  Not much of  a people person, not much of a public administrator but she can do tech.  I respect her because she knew when to step down.

Medicaid is for residents who fall at or below 138 percent of federal poverty guidelines. Besides the elderly and disabled, those who qualify include low-income people with children. Those who would qualify for the expansion would be low-income residents without children.  Sick people are not highly productive and dead people do not pay taxes.

She added that expansion would also be a benefit for hospitals, which annually provided hundreds of millions of dollars in uncompensated care.

The report comes a month after Sen. Bruce Caswell, R-Pittsford, and three other senators proposed legislation that bans the state from expanding Medicaid.

Reached Sunday, Caswell declined to comment on the report, saying he hasn't read it. But he said he would look at it.
"I am interested in getting insurance to folks in the most cost-effective way that will offer them access, true access," said Caswell. "Medicaid is struggling with that right now. … The purpose of the bill is to engender a conversation about what are other alternatives besides just putting people in Medicaid."  The alternative is to find a politically correct way of promoting the rhetoric of letting people die.

Here is the actual language of the bill.  

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT: SEC. 105C. (1) THE STATE SHALL 1 NOT EXPAND MEDICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY TO NONELDERLY INDIVIDUALS WITH INCOME AT OR BELOW 133% OF THE FEDERAL POVERTY GUIDELINES AS DIRECTED UNDER THE PATIENT PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, PUBLIC LAW 111-148. (2) AS USED IN THIS SECTION, "FEDERAL POVERTY GUIDELINES" MEANS THE POVERTY GUIDELINES PUBLISHED ANNUALLY IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER BY THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES UNDER ITS AUTHORITY TO REVISE THE POVERTY LINE UNDER SECTION 673(2) OF SUBTITLE B OF TITLE VI OF THE OMNIBUS BUDGET RECONCILIATION ACT OF 1981, 42 USC 9902.

For those who do not know the expansion of Medicaid will cover more than health insurance.  It will provide job training, housing assistance, and education, all of which will be by the expansions of jobs and contracts to provide these services so people will no longer need assistance of Medicaid and will be able to pay more into the system when jobs, better jobs, are secured.

The report also comes as Gov. Rick Snyder's administration is studying Medicaid expansion, but has not yet made a decision on the issue.

"Gov. Snyder is very interested in short-, mid- and long-range projections, and he and the team are still closely analyzing the impacts and ramifications of any decision," said Sara Wurfel, Snyder's spokeswoman. "We're working hard to evaluate the options that will help determine the best course of action that provides protection and security for Michiganders." Best course of action is to end Medicaid fraud.

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Conyers Statement on the Passing of Senator Arlen Specter




(DETROIT) – Yesterday, former Senator Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) passed away at age 82 following complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Representative John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) released this statement following the news of Senator Specter’s passing:

“I am deeply saddened by the loss of a long-standing public servant for the state of Pennsylvania, Senator Arlen Specter. He was a strong-willed fighter who put the people of Pennsylvania before his party,” said Conyers.

“I was fortunate enough to work with Senator Specter during his three decades of public service in Congress, through our respective roles in the House and Senate Judiciary Committees. From his co-sponsorship of the End Racial Profiling Act and the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, to his leadership in shepherding the Second Chance Act through Congress, Senator Specter was a model statesman and a sharp legal mind.

“Senator Specter will be greatly missed by the people of Pennsylvania and his colleagues in Congress. His legacy of independent-minded reform will continue to shape our Judicial system, and public institutions, for many years to come.”

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Bye Bye Jerry Sandusky - Baby LK Report For October 14th 2012

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Michigan Foster Care Rates And Age Out Lies

Effective October 2012, Michigan has published its foster care rates.  This is how much it pays a day for the keep of a child under the auspices of the state.  It's about $20 bucks.

Upon examination there seems to be a slight issue with the payment plan.


See, there is this new program, well, it has been around for a minute and it is called Supervised Independent Living (SIL).  SIL is a unique program being used for Youth In Transition (YIT) and is not required to be licensed as a child welfare program due to its federal funding source. For a more readily understanding it can be referred to as a temporary answer to the issue of what to do with foster care youth who were either never adopted and are aging out the system.

In Michigan, and just about every other state, there are no data on what happens to youth who age out of foster care.  Wayne State University did a study a while back which produce some not too surprising results.  In a nutshell about 70% of foster youth who age out the system find themselves institutionalized again within the first three years.  

Institutionalized means homeless, welfare recipients, pregnant, incarceration, etc.  This is not a very good track record for the state or its foster care system.  Unfortunately the situation is even worse.

Right around that magical era of the end of Personal Responsibility Work Opportunity Reauthoriation Act (PRWORA) there was an anamolous event: a signifiant spike, an upward trend in the number of Child Protective Services cases.  Oddly enough there was a parallel trend in the federal funding of foster care while there was a converse trend in social assistance program funding.

Simply put, the States began to remove large amounts of children from certain zip codes with high concentrations of poverty.  Neighborhoods became baron to the sound of children playing in the street for fear of removal.  Grand Rapids is a good example.

I shall assume, from the apparent lack of obviation, that Michigan did not think very far on what would happen with the kids who end up never getting adopted out or going back home.  One reason why many of these kids were never placed out was because of what happened to them in the foster care system.  Let's briefly examine:

Mental health is poorly addressed.  Education in foster care virtually does not exist.  Then, foster youth have the tales of the other side to let them know they face a life of homelessness, prostitution, drugs once they age out.  Michigan had to do something so it came up with SIL.

Starting around the age of 16, Michigan will pay the absolute minimum to provide a youth a bed and a meal.  In return, the provider, according to the brochures, supervises.  What "supervises" means is a mystery.  What is expected is for the direct service provider to do the work of the agency and state workers.

SIL is not foster care and does not require a foster care license yet it applies foster care polices to its program.  Better yet, Michigan policy denotes that it cannot use foster care funding to fund SIL.  What is happening is that Michigan is jacking up a good thing because the state refuses to clean house of its moronic administrators, including the cover ups of Maura Corrigan.

I will be reporting more on the SIL program as I investigate its operations in Michigan.  Until then, ask yourself this question:  Would you take in a wild teenager, who no one wanted to adopt, who has a mental health record you know the workers will never share with you and who has a poor educational track record which is incomplete and fraudulently generated to make it look like the youth in on track for high school graduation, if you are lucky enough to be told about it, who has seen and experienced more trauma while in foster care than most will in a lifetime, who is probably using street drugs and drinking with possible violent and abnormal sexual tendencies, with a baby in another placement, while you, the direct service provider, never being allowed to leave your own home because the state is holding you under foster care standards without even telling you?  

Michigan SIL program pays a direct service provider less than $0.88 an hour to be locked in their home 24 hours a day to "supervise" a ward of the state under the stringent polices of an entirely different program called foster care.

It very clearly states that Title IV-E funds are not to be used for Independent Living or Supervised Living yet Michigan does it anyway.  That's right, Michigan uses foster care policy in SIL programs because the state is still trying to cover up how it neglected the kids in its own care.


So the next time you see a cute advertisement for being a foster parent for an older child, you just remember that it is a lie and it is called SIL.


And that ends another chapter of child welfare fraud in Michigan.
Michigan Foster Care Rates 10-12-2012
I will be submitting my own SIL program and policy to the state because Michigan will not get rid of its idiot administrators who continue to screw these kids over.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Conyers Announces $2 Million Investment Award for Southeast Michigan Community Alliance




(Washington)- Today, the Southeast Michigan Community Alliance received a more than $2 million Economic Development Administration award through the Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge. This money will be used for job creation and to leverage private capital for manufacturing projects. The Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge is a national competition administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), U.S Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA), and the Small Business Administration (SBA). Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich) issued this statement following the award:

“I am happy to announce that the Economic Development Administration has awarded the Southeast Michigan Community Alliance (SEMCA) with a federal grant funded by the Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge to support and advance the creation of manufacturing jobs and small business activities in Southeast Michigan,” said Conyers.

“Through this project, clusters of small and medium sized manufacturing firms and businesses will now have the opportunity to grow, collaborate and better understand their value chains. This will lead to the development of new products for new markets through research and modeling.  This critical investment for the state of Michigan will provide an opportunity for strengthening regional economic development opportunities, creating sustainable jobs, fostering small businesses, and building an advanced skilled manufacturing workforce throughout our state.  I congratulate SEMCA on its receipt of this award.”


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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Have His Back: Why You Should Support Barack Obama



By John Conyers, Jr.
In a few weeks, the American people will be presented with a stark choice in the polling booth. This November 6th, Election Day, has become more than just a contest to determine which man will sit in the White House for the next four years. In effect, the outcome of this presidential race will determine which vision for our country's future we pursue for the next generation.
The challenger, Mitt Romney, has put forward a vision that is cobbled together with antiquated ideas and failed policies of the past. As David Axelrod suggested in May, Mr. Romney has the, "foreign policy of the 1980s, the social policy of the 1950s and the economic policies of the 1920s." In constructing his plan for the future, Mr. Romney looks backward towards the top down policies that crashed the American economy and diminished our stature in the global community. On everything from women's healthcare issues, to LGBT rights, to protections afforded to immigrants, Mr. Romney seeks to get in the way of progress.
In contrast, President Obama offers a forward thinking vision that builds on the historic accomplishments achieved in his first term. President Obama's competing plan envisions an inclusive economy built to last, with a thriving middle class and a level playing field. Rather than provide millionaires and billionaires at the top with another budget busting tax cut, President Obama envisions a balanced growth plan that strengthens our social programs and fosters innovation in fields such as advanced manufacturing. And, rather than turn the clock back on women, gay and lesbian individuals, or the underprivileged, President Obama seeks to embolden and advance their hard fought rights.
Indeed, a Romney presidency would do much more than just look backwards for guidance. His presidency would actively undo most of the historic reforms that President Obama worked tirelessly for. Specifically, here is what is most at stake this election:
  • The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Commonly called "Obamacare," Mr. Romney has repeatedly pledged to repeal this near-universal health care legislation on the first day of his presidency. In doing so, Mr. Romney would rid tens of millions of people of their health insurance, revert to the broken status quo wherein preexisting conditions are not covered, and young adults up to age 26 would not be able to stay on their parent's health care plan.
  • Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act - Mr. Romney has also vowed to repeal this critical reform legislation, returning Wall Street back to the Wild West era of too-big-to-fail instability and reckless speculation on the taxpayer's dime.
  • DREAM Act Executive Order - Granting relief for children and young adults who were brought into the country illegally as children. Mr. Romney has vowed to put these young people, American in every way but name, back into the shadows.

The list goes on, but in the end Mr. Romney's vision for the future all boils down to the same failed approaches of the Bush years. President Obama has spent four years fighting for the middle class, and rescuing our economy from the worst malaise since the Great Depression. Too much progress has been made to turn our backs on a president who has delivered historic changes to our social, economic, and foreign policies. Join me in standing with President Obama at www.HaveHisBack.com to keep marching forward.

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Louisiana Child Welfare Agency Sloppy Records Cost $2 Million

This is one of those audits you do not know how to receive.

In one breath you are stunned at the absolute boldness regarding the dismissive culture of the Child  Development Council of Acadiana, Inc, (CDCAI) for not maintaining basic communication regarding the use of federal funds.  In the next breath you are taken aback with the coldness of the OIG response and decision.

CDCAI claimed $1,155,646 to build a new central office after Hurricane Katrina then used the new building as collateral to take out loans without consulting or even reporting to the feds for more than two years.

These funds were never allocated for buildings.  It was for child welfare.

There were other funding sources in existence.  All CDCAI had to do was ask but they chose to do what they do, keep sloppy records.
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