Archive for December, 2008
“Today we begin in earnest the work of making sure that the world we leave our children is just a little bit better than the one we inhabit today.”
President-elect Barack Obama
Tell the new President and his team what YOU want for your country.
Vice President Cheney
“I really do believe that we will be greeted as liberators.…” (Cheney, Meet the Press, 3/16/03)
“I think that the people of Iraq would welcome the U.S. force as liberators; they would not see us as oppressors, by any means.” (Cheney, CNN American Morning, 9/9/02)
Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz
“The Iraqi people understand what this crisis is about. Like the people of France in the 1940s, they view us as their hoped-for liberator. (Wolfowitz, Remarks to VFW conference, 3/11/03)
Secretary of State Colin Powell
“I hope we would be seen as liberators. I think that might well be the case. ” (Powell, Meet the Press, 2/9/03)
December 14, 2008
The soles of shoes are considered the ultimate insult in Arab culture.
WASHINGTON – The outgoing Bush administration appears to be working “covertly” on a contract that would strip the 9/11 health and treatment program from the FDNY and Mount Sinai Medical Center, sources told the Daily News.
The plan, which sources say is being batted around within the Department of Health and Human Services, would yank all Sept. 11-related monitoring and care from the city and put it in the hands of of one company – likely based outside the city.
A new contract could potentially force 9/11 patients pay up front for services, and then be reimbursed. Currently, the tab is covered.
More than 50,000 people are enrolled in the city-based health and monitoring program, open to those exposed to Ground Zero. About 16,000 participants are actively receiving treatment.
Some 4,000 people are enrolled in a national version.
“The department is not working on a solicitation of this type and this allegation is untrue,” HHS spokeswoman Christina Pearson insisted.
Nevertheless, a source told The News officials within the department “have not liked this program from the beginning.”
“They are ideologues, and they could stick the Obama administration with this contract. At best, it’s disruptive,” the source added.
A spokesman for the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, which administers the 9/11 programs, said the contract for treating ill Americans outside of the tri-state area would end in the summer – but could not say if there were any plans for the city programs.
“What they want to do is broaden that national contract, and put everyone in there,” a source with New York ties said, adding that federal officials appear to be trying to bid out the new program before Barack Obama takes office.
The source said New York legislators learned of the impending move after a potential contractor called them, hoping to get help preparing a bid.
That prompted Reps. Carolyn Maloney and Jerry Nadler (D- Manhattan) to fire off a angry letter Thursday demanding an explanation for the secret moves after officials had promised to keep them in the loop.
“Last week, we were dismayed to hear of a new solicitation about to be issued by your department that would apparently replace all current arrangements,” says the letter addressed to HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt and obtained by the News.
“This information on the new solicitation concerned us not only with regard to the potential damage to the current program,” the letter went on, “but also regarding the apparent attempt to covertly announce this contract solicitation in the last days of the Bush administration.”
Maloney and Nadler gave the secretary three days to respond.
“We just received this letter today and immediately called their offices to say these allegations are unfounded,” Pearson said.
When are you corrupt SOB’s going to get the message – the game is OVER and we’ve had ENOUGH!?
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich arrested in conspiracy to benefit from Obama’s Senate replacement.
This is an AP article, so you need to click HERE to read this unbelievable story!