Trump Administration Exposes MORE Obama Waste and Fraud
The Left trusted the highest position of power of the United States to a community organizer. And Obama proved what Conservatives predicted. He failed miserably.
Yet again, the Trump administration exposes just how bad Obama performed as a
thief steward of the nation’s treasure.
The Washington Free Beacon reported details of an audit from the Government Accountability Office that shows in 2016 more than $1.6 billion in unemployment insurance benefits was paid to individuals who did not seek work.
“Unemployment insurance is paid to individuals if they lose employment with the general requirement that they actively search for work. For some states, this active search may require a minimum number of contacts a beneficiary must have with potential employers, submission of job applications, creating a LinkedIn account, going to a networking event, or visiting a job center.
The audit was conducted to see whether or not unemployment insurance beneficiaries who did not actively search for work affected the program’s level of improper payments. In fiscal year 2016, the Department of Labor’s unemployment insurance program was the seventh-highest for improper payments among all federal programs. The biggest cause was beneficiaries not meeting work requirements.
“According to Department of Labor’s estimates, over $1.6 billion in benefit payments were made to claimants for weeks for which they were issued formal warnings in fiscal year 2016,” the report states. “DOL’s analysis further shows that if formal warning cases had been included in DOL’s calculation of the overpayment rates for fiscal year 2016, the nationwide overpayment rate would have increased by about 5 percentage points, from an estimated 11.1 percent to an estimated 16.3 percent.”
So the rules didn’t apply to the unemployed under Obama. Thus the unemployed weren’t required to do the basics in order to get paid.
In other words, Obama made former workers lazy.
In their defense, there weren’t exactly lots of jobs during the Era of Obama.
But Obama’s waste wasn’t just with the unemployed. Look at what he spent on staff versus President Trump:
There are 110 fewer employees on White House staff under Trump than under Obama at this point in their respective presidencies.
$5.1 million in payroll savings vs. the Obama FY2015 payroll. In 2017, the Trump payroll amounts to $35.8 million for 377 employees, while the Obama payroll amounted to $40.9 million for 476 employees (FY2015).
Nineteen fewer staffers are dedicated to The First Lady of the United States (FLOTUS). Currently, there are five staffers dedicated to Melania Trump vs. 24 staffers who served Michelle Obama (FY2009).
Counts of the “Assistants to the President” – the most trusted advisors to the president – are the same (22) in both first-year Trump and Obama administrations. In the Trump White House, Steven Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, Omarosa Manigault, Reince Priebus, Sean Spicer and 17 others make salaries of $179,700. In Obama’s first-year, David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel and twenty others held the title with top pay of $172,000.
The highest compensated White House Trump staffer? Mark House, Senior Policy Advisor has a salary of $187,500. Mr. House is “on detail” from a federal agency which allows him to exceed the top pay-grade of $179,700. In Obama’s Administration (2009), David Marcozzi earned $193,000 “on detail” from Health and Human Services.
Obama fed the beast that is Big Government.
His job was to grow government and in that regard he excelled. With little regard to the people who pay the bills, Obama burdened taxpayers at every turn. And as he and other Leftists put it, “All for the greater good.”.
The “greater good” of lining the pockets of Obama and his fat cat donors.
The waste and fraud yet to be uncovered during the Era of Obama is scandalous. If not for the bigger scandals around Obama’s administration conspiring against Donald Trump, we might focus on this financial treason.