Thursday, September 06, 2007
Amidst constant failing reports on Iraq and Homeland Security GAO backs it up, Bush says they know nothing either!
I just can't stand it. Right from the absolute beginning with the chief idiot, life long Government officials with stellar records all of a sudden started coming up as inadequate and inept while the chief idiot following a corrupt course counter to the rest of America was kept to look innocent and just a victim of circumstances. Absolutely everyone is told they do not do their jogs right or know what they are doing and only so Bush can continue on his corrupt course.
In the past we have seen everyone that speaks against Bush pay for it with their career and every expert and Agency that disagrees with Bush and does not agree with his underhanded corrupt new order course, ignored. With that in mind we have been hearing a lot lately about the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) so I decided to research them to find out if they could all of a sudden be inept.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress. GAO is often called the "congressional watchdog" because it investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars.
GAO gathers information to help Congress determine how well executive branch agencies are doing their jobs. GAO’s work routinely answers such basic questions as whether government programs are meeting their objectives or providing good service to the public. Ultimately, GAO ensures that government is accountable to the American people. To that end, GAO provides Senators and Representatives with the best information available to help them arrive at informed policy decisions--information that is accurate, timely, and balanced. GAO supports congressional oversight by:
evaluating how well government policies and programs are working;
auditing agency operations to determine whether federal funds are being spent efficiently, effectively, and appropriately;
investigating allegations of illegal and improper activities; and
issuing legal decisions and opinions
With virtually the entire federal government subject to its review they are pretty busy. GAO got its start in 1921. That year, the Budget and Accounting Act transferred auditing responsibilities, accounting, and claims functions from the Treasury Department to a new agency. GAO was created because federal financial management was in disarray after World War I. Wartime spending had driven up the national debt, and Congress saw that it needed more information and better control over expenditures. The act made GAO independent of the executive branch and gave it a broad mandate to investigate how federal dollars are spent. The act also required the President to prepare an annual budget for the federal government. Later legislation clarified or expanded GAO's role, but the Budget and Accounting Act continues to serve as the basis for its operations. In the 1970s, GAO started to recruit scientists, actuaries, and experts in fields such as health care, public policy, and computers. In 1986, GAO assembled a team of professional investigators, many with law enforcement backgrounds, to look into allegations of possible criminal and civil misconduct.
During the last 20 years, GAO has sought to improve accountability by alerting policymakers and the public to emerging problems throughout government. In the 1980s, for example, the agency reported on problems brewing in the savings and loan industry and repeatedly warned about the government's failure to control deficit spending. But GAO did more than just point out shortcomings in government operations . It worked with executive branch agencies to strengthen financial management. GAO urged federal agencies to modernize outmoded financial systems, prepare yearly financial statements, and submit them for audit. As the 1990s drew to a close, GAO did important work on a range of issues--computer security, conditions at nursing homes, the choices posed by continuing budget surpluses, and so on. Today, the agency that once checked millions of government vouchers has become a multidisciplinary organization equipped to handle Congress’s toughest audit and evaluation assignments. GAO History
I don't get it! How then can Bush simply say they do not know what they are doing, discount their reports, and just stay his miscourse? Why the hell do we have these agancies anymore? Why, why does he keep getting away with this? Anyway despite an influx of troops, a draft report by the Government Accountability Office concluded Iraq has satisfied just three of 18 benchmarks set by Congress and partially met two others, an official said. We just heard the Iraqi Security force were worthless and shouild be dismissed but the chief liar says they are doing great. The White House simply dismisses it saying it is uncharacteristically harsh. Not when you take reality into account. I am sick of this crap! I can almost understand dismissing a report by the other Party because of Partisanship but this is an independent Agency. Why are we so powerless? Why can no one hold Bush accountable? This is sick and intolerable!
GAO Iraq Report
Not only that but after hearing for years now how much safer we are though we know better. The Homeland Security Department has failed to meet even half its performance expectations in the four years it has been in existence, Congressional auditors have concluded in a draft report obtained by The Associated Press. Of course once again Bushco knows better. The department disagreed with the findings of the report, particularly with the way auditors defined and measured progress. The report prepared by the Government Accountability Office is to be released Thursday.
The department’s primary mission is to prevent terrorist attacks and to minimize the damage should an attack take place. But the only area in which auditors saw significant improvement was maritime security, the report said. The report measures progress in 14 mission and management areas. Auditors identified 171 performance expectations and found that the department had achieved fewer than half.
In a letter on July 20 to the G.A.O. comptroller general, David M. Walker, the department’s under secretary for management, Paul A. Schneider, accused the auditors of having shifted performance measures during their evaluation. Why the hell should that surprise us and why is nothing done about it?
“The G.A.O. report is based on a flawed methodology that results in an inaccurate representation of the department’s progress and fails to accurately reflect the department’s progress in many specific program areas,” Mr. Schneider wrote. During Congressional testimony Wednesday, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff defended the department’s progress and assured lawmakers that the country was safer than before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
GAO Homeland Security Report
I just do not get it? Why do we have experts advising us when the proven chief idiot simply ignores them all and continues damaging America, the middle east, and the world, as he follows his blatantly obvious plan for new order? I just don't friggen get it!