In February, 2009, California's Democratic-controlled Legislature, faced with a $42 billion budget deficit, trimmed $74 million (1.4%) from one of the state's fastest-growing programs [In-Home Supportive Service], which provides care for low-income and incapacitated elderly people and which cost the state $5.42 billion last year. The Los Angeles Times reports that "loose oversight and bureaucratic inertia have allowed fraud to fester."
Although these cuts were minimal from that program’s total funding, the Obama administration threatened to withhold from California $6.8 BILLION in stimulus money unless the cuts were reversed.
The administration’s swift and powerful reaction was not on behalf of the poor and needy of California. It was because the Service Employees International Union [SIEU] collects nearly $5 million a month from 223,000 caregivers who are members. [Total SIEU membership in California exceeds 700,000]**
Seems Obama treated the stimulus money as a private stash for rewarding friends and supporters. Could this be why the stimulus we all paid for didn’t work? The administration's central activity - the political allocation of wealth and opportunity - is not merely susceptible to corruption, it is corruption.
Includes excerpts from: Crimes Against Liberty: An Indictment of President Barack Obama by David Limbaugh; pp.161-162 and from a George Will editorial for the Washington Post: The Obama Administration's Economic Lawlessness