Senator Baldwin paid Clinton’s campaign lawyer $90K as a fixer

The main takeaway from this story is that we may have an easy pick up of a Senate seat in Wisconsin come 2018 election. When in trouble, call in a fixer. People helping people.

WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 15: U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) testifies during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee July 15, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The hearing was to examine “S.1696, The Women’s Health Protection Act: Removing Barriers to Constitutionally Protected Reproductive Rights.” (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D., Wis.) paid Hillary Clinton’s campaign lawyer $90,000 for crisis control following a Veteran Affairs facility scandal that engulfed the senator and her staff.

Baldwin, who was first elected to the Senate in 2012, was the only member of Congress from Wisconsin to receive an official federal government inspector general report warning of the over-prescription of narcotics given to veterans at the Tomah VA facility in her state. The abuses at the facility ultimately led to the death of a Marine.

It was later discovered that Baldwin was the only member of Congress from Wisconsin to receive the inspector general report on the abuses at Tomah.

Baldwin did not take action until it became public nearly four months later and the veteran had died.Marquette Baylor, the former deputy state director for Baldwin, was fired from her position following the controversy. Baylor was offered a severance package if she were to sign a confidentiality agreement on the matter. Baylor rejected the offer.

Baldwin tapped Marc Elias, a partner at the D.C.-based Perkins Coie law firm, to help with crisis control on the scandal.

Elias is considered the “go-to fixer” for Democrats and was behind Soros-backed lawsuits against voter identification laws in numerous states leading up to the 2016 presidential election, including a lawsuit in Wisconsin. Elias was serving as Hillary Clinton’s top campaign lawyer at the time he was brought in to help Baldwin.

“When Senator Baldwin had a chance to protect Wisconsin’s veterans, she protected the status quo instead and then called in a high-powered lawyer to clean up the mess,” Alec Zimmerman, spokesman for the Republican Party of Wisconsin, told the Free Beacon. “She can get all the help she wants from Hillary Clinton’s scandal attorney and the liberal elites in Washington, but Wisconsinites have made it clear they’re fed up with insiders who have been part of the problem for decades.”

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Chuck Todd: ‘Wave of manufactured outrage over VA heads comment on wait times’

Faux outrage over the comments made by the head of the VA over wait times? Chuck Todd was at it again this morning on Morning Joe ripping those who are critical of the VA remarks. The panel was strangely silent. I guess this week, the week in which we will celebrate the sacrifice of the very best of us, is not worthy of a foot note on the care they are receiving at the VA. They may have survived our wars, but cannot survive the healthcare dictated to them by bureaucrats. Here tis.

MSNBC host Chuck Todd ripped what he called a “wave of manufactured outrage” Tuesday over Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald comparing wait times for vets to people waiting in line at a Disney theme park.

“When you go to Disney, do they measure the number of hours you wait in line? Or what’s important? What’s important is, what’s your satisfaction with the experience?” McDonald said during a Christian Science Monitor event on Monday. “And what I would like to move to, eventually, is that kind of measure.”

However, Todd, in an unusually strong tone on Meet The Press Daily, dismissed the rhetoric from upset politicians as mere pandering in an election year.

“It seems we are not living in a post-political correctness world,” Todd said. “This week, you saw lawmakers on both sides get their sense of righteous indignation up, wrapping themselves in the flag following these comments from Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald.”

After playing audio of the remarks, Todd snarked that candidates who were facing tough campaigns in 2016 were among those expressing criticism.

“Well, a wave of manufactured outrage, and some of it real, washed over McDonald in the day since those inartful comments made headlines,” Todd said.

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Obama’s 2009 stimulus gave millions to Filipino Vets

Recall the pork machine dreamed up in 2009 that was supposed to build road and bridges, the stimulus bill otherwise known as Porkulus? To the tune of $757 Billion bucks? It turns out that buried in the bill many Filipinos hit the jackpot. Go back 75 years and figure out who was fighting alongside us in the Philippines. Pay them bucks. That will get the U.S. economy moving won’t it. And just how do we figure out who really was with us and why now? This post follows yesterday’s post VA Outsources Vet Processing Benefits to Philippines.

….But hundreds of millions of dollars spent in the program went instead to elderly Filipinos, much of it virtually guaranteed never to make its way back to the U.S. economy.

Tucked away in the stimulus was a provision to pay $9,000 each to residents of the Philippines who fought alongside the U.S. in World War II. Those who had become U.S. citizens since the war got $15,000.

The stimulus payments — called Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation — started in April 2009. More than $225 million has since been paid to more than 18,000 Filipino vets. Slightly less than half of those now have U.S. citizenship, but may still live in the Philippines. The program was originally slated to spend $198 million.

Administering a program that writes checks to people for actions performed 75 years ago in a third-world country is not easy. Some Filipinos actually fought on the Japanese side. The VA tries to avoid rewarding enemy soldiers by checking names against lists confiscated from the Japanese army, but fraud is not uncommon.

“In order to combat high levels of fraud the office staff use a variety of methods, including using photographs and interviews to determine identity, verifying claims using forensic analysis, and using WWII Japanese records to determine whether a Filipino WWII veteran collaborated with the enemy during the war,” the Government Accountability Office wrote of VA operations in the Philippines.
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VA Outsources Vet Processing Benefits to Philippines

Here we go with a solution to the VA problems. Farm them out to third world countries. Everyone else is. One of the caveats to this story as one digs into it. Apparently this office is very efficient and pleasant to deal with. What the heck, nothing else is working. Cheap, no union problems. Says it all doesn’t it?

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) officials are outsourcing healthcare paperwork for American veterans to low-paid workers in the Philippines, a nation where the minimum wage is a dollar a day.

Long ago, VA opened a facility in Manila to care for Filipino World War II veterans who fought alongside the U.S. military against the Japanese — the Philippines was a U.S. territory until 1946. But most of those veterans are now dead, and the Philippines has its own government agency to care for those who are still alive.

Uncle Sam is better at opening offices than closing them, so the 100-employee office in Manila — the VA’s only foreign outpost — remains open for business.

Ninety of the workers are Filipinos, and provide a far cheaper alternative to the VA’s U.S. workers who are unionized and insist on bargaining on seemingly every management decision and contest any discipline of bad workers.

The staff is paid in pesos at rates designed to be similar to what their peers in the Pacific nation make. The average annual income in the Philippines is $2,500. Nine Americans also work at the office, with Nelson making $160,000.

Read more: Daily Caller

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