“We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set,” he said Wednesday. “We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.” –Barack Obama
Gerald Walpin, the inspector general of Americorps, was fired by Obama. Walpin was investigating the misuse of Federal money by Kevin Johnson, ex NBA star and now mayor of Sacramento. He is described as a “prominent supporter” of Obama. Seems to me to be an obvious abuse of power to protect a corrupt political friend. Chicago politics, pay to play. We all remember how they screamed about Bush firing some attorney generals. I’ll bet the democrats do an about face in this one and say nothing.
I suspect that this power play is far more sinister than just protecting his crony friend. Obama’s brown shirt volunteer program will build on AmeriCorp’s framework. He wants to transform it into his own personal army and civilian security agency with military power and training. Just like Hitler did. He has stated this clearly so I think this is his long term goal and he needed to get this guy out of the way.
In another issue related only to Chicago style political corruption, the major witness into the investigation into the Blagogate pay to play selling of Obama’s old US Senate seat to Sen Burris’s, John Ruff has found himself unexpectedly in another realm. We hope that is heaven and not the infernal regions. His BMW wrapped itself around a tree with no explanation of how it got there. Looks like Obama is quickly getting a body count to compare to the 125+ on the Clinton dead list.
The political fallout of Blagogate continues.
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama says he has lost confidence in the inspector general who investigates AmeriCorps and other national service programs and has told Congress he is removing him from the position.
Obama’s move follows an investigation by IG Gerald Walpin finding misuse of federal grants by a nonprofit education group led by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, who is an Obama supporter and former NBA basketball star.
Walpin was criticized by the acting U.S. attorney in Sacramento for the way he handled an investigation of Johnson and St. HOPE Academy, a nonprofit group that received hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal grants from the Corporation for National and Community Service. The corporation runs the AmeriCorps program.
“It is vital that I have the fullest confidence in the appointees serving as inspectors general,” Obama said in a letter Thursday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Joe Biden, who also serves as president of the Senate. “That is no longer the case with regard to this inspector general.”
The president didn’t offer any more explanation, but White House Counsel Gregory Craig, in a letter to Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, cited the U.S. attorney’s criticism of Walpin to an integrity committee for inspectors general.