GOP probing Sebelius’s fundraising push: “Clear appearance of a conflict of interest”

posted at 2:01 pm on May 14, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Lest we forget amidst the several other scandals currently blowing up in the Obama administration’s face (it is rather difficult to keep up), last Friday we learned that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has been hitting up health-care industry executives and groups, directly asking them to make donations to the non-profits that are working to enroll uninsured Americans and increase public awareness of ObamaCare’s benefits.

It is no secret that ObamaCare’s implementation is on the strugglebus, and Democrats see a lack of public awareness about the law as a pretty serious threat to their 2014 midterm prospects; hence why President Obama is putting more focus on the issue and Sebelius is trying to secure more — er — voluntary funding. The Washington Post described it as Sebelius approaching these execs “hat in hand,” but I would describe it more like approaching them with a gigantically threatening regulatory cudgel in hand. She is currently in charge of remaking the entire American health-care industry, remember? As Peter Suderman put it at Reason:

An “industry official who had knowledge of the calls but did not participate directly in them said there was a clear insinuation by the administration that the insurers should give financially to the nonprofits,” according to the Post. Something like this, perhaps? Hey, we’re short on money here. It would be nice if you could help with whatever you can, hint-hint, nudge-nudge.

Or maybe just: Hey, insurers. We just passed a law mandating that everyone in the country buy your product. So how about a million bucks? Or even a couple million? Over the weekend The New York Times reported that, according to an insurance industry executive, “some insurers had been asked for $1 million donations, and that ‘bigger companies have been asked for a lot more.’” That sounds rather like there was a direct solicitation.

The HHS Department maintains that they are not doing anything improper, but whether it is flat-out illegal or merely deeply unethical, it is definitely sketchy, and House Republicans got their probe on the matter going on Monday, via The Hill:

Republicans on the Ways and Means Committee, however, said the solicitations give a “clear appearance of a conflict of interest.” The committee questioned whether Sebelius is violating a federal law that says government employees may not raise money from entities they regulate.

“As the Secretary of HHS, ObamaCare gives you unprecedented power to regulate a significant share of the U.S. economy, from health plans to hospitals,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter to Sebelius.

Republicans on the Energy and Commerce Committee sent a separate letter to Sebelius, asking similar questions about her outreach to healthcare stakeholders on behalf of Enroll America.

“Currently, health insurers are seeking HHS approval to qualify for the health exchanges established by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act so that they may attempt to sell their services to the public when enrollment begins in a few months,” lawmakers wrote. “Your agency also has the power to review the insurance rates that providers wish to charge.”

And Sen. Lamar Alexander is getting ready to ask the GAO to mount an investigation into Sebelius’s fundraising activities, seeing as how she is circumventing the will of Congress with an external effort to acquire more funds for the administration’s goals, and all:

There is a law against what they’re doing and the GAO has also said an agency may not augment appropriations from outside sources. This isn’t a complicated thing. If the administration asks for $5 and Congress appropriates $4, that’s what they get. If the government creates a subterfuge by going outside the government, to raise money through a private entity, that’s a violation of the law. …

I and other members of Congress will send a letter this week to GAO asking them to investigate if Sebelius is coordinating with these outside groups to do what congress has refused to do. I and others, I’ve sent a letter to Sec. Sebelius asking her a series of questions. I would hope the inspector general [at HHS] would become interested. I hope the Secretary will rethink what she’s doing and stay within the authorization of appropriations, not try to make an end run.


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Sebelius HAL, the Queen of Death.

22044 on May 14, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Kathleen Sebelius has been hitting up health-care industry executives and groups, directly asking them to make donations to the non-profits that are working to enroll uninsured Americans and increase public awareness of ObamaCare’s benefits.

Wanna bet these non-profits had no problem getting their tax exempt status?

Happy Nomad on May 14, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Haven’t heard Jay questioned about that, yet.

wyntre9 on May 14, 2013 at 2:04 PM

At this rate, I see a Nixonian “Saturday Night Massacre” coming down the pike.

About the time The One decides, as always, that his political hide is all that matters.

clear ether

eon

eon on May 14, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Perhaps some will recall that many of us commented on the astonishing hubris of this administration and of the progressives in congress. I believe the signs of clear aggression and the employment of intimidation tactics is a direct result of a combination of that extreme hubris and open disdain for the rule of law and any who dared disagree with the policies of this administration.

thatsafactjack on May 14, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Damn, it’s hard to keep up.

Excuse me, my popcorn is done popping….

nukemhill on May 14, 2013 at 2:05 PM

The old fashioned word for this is…Extortion

workingclass artist on May 14, 2013 at 2:06 PM

22044 on May 14, 2013 at 2:02 PM

LOL! Made me laugh! :)

thatsafactjack on May 14, 2013 at 2:06 PM

the GOP is like a pack of piranhas in a feeding frenzy and somehow tossed a bloody piece of meat overboard

suddenly, jobs and deficits no longer seem to matter *rolls eyes*

nonpartisan on May 14, 2013 at 2:06 PM

No intimidation at all…

“Nice business. Shame if something were to happen to it…”

Chris of Rights on May 14, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Ladies and Gentlemen…It appears that the Island of Guam is tipping…

*snicker*

workingclass artist on May 14, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Perhaps some will recall that many of us commented on the astonishing hubris of this administration and of the progressives in congress. I believe the signs of clear aggression and the employment of intimidation tactics is a direct result of a combination of that extreme hubris and open disdain for the rule of law and any who dared disagree with the policies of this administration.
thatsafactjack on May 14, 2013 at 2:05 PM

You are so right! Good to see you :-) Hope all is well!

Damn, it’s so fricking hard to keep up I have been reading all morning, and watching news…

My head is spinning!

Scrumpy on May 14, 2013 at 2:08 PM

nonpartisan on May 14, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Another shift change among the trolls I see.

Happy Nomad on May 14, 2013 at 2:09 PM

suddenly, jobs and deficits no longer seem to matter *rolls eyes*

nonpartisan on May 14, 2013 at 2:06 PM

No, the House has scheduled another vote on repealing Obamacare. That would fix both of those problems. Too bad Harry Reid will never bring it to the floor in the Senate.

Chris of Rights on May 14, 2013 at 2:09 PM

The GOP not only still cares about jobs and deficits, it cares about the immigration bill still making its way through congress…and some of our congress members are working to see that the rule of law is not eroded any further.

The scandalous events of the last few days are not the distraction from all else that some seem to believe them to be. What people choose to comment about on these forums has little to do with the continuing work in congress.

thatsafactjack on May 14, 2013 at 2:10 PM

LOL! Made me laugh! :)

thatsafactjack on May 14, 2013 at 2:06 PM

I hope you’re well Jackie, or as well as can be :)

It made me laugh too, when on a previous Sebelius thread someone posted that she should sing DAISY

22044 on May 14, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Scrumpy on May 14, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Wonderful to see you, Scrumpy! I’m on a break… and thought I’d take a moment to check in on some of the issues. I hope you’re well, too. :)

thatsafactjack on May 14, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Lamar Alexander growing a spine? Worried about being primaried? Don’t vote for Shamnesty, then.

Wethal on May 14, 2013 at 2:12 PM

thatsafactjack on May 14, 2013 at 2:10 PM

fair enough

nonpartisan on May 14, 2013 at 2:13 PM

the GOP is like a pack of piranhas in a feeding frenzy and somehow tossed a bloody piece of meat overboard

suddenly, jobs and deficits no longer seem to matter *rolls eyes*

nonpartisan on May 14, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Facts are facts. Care to dispute any of them? Politics happens, deal with it.

rightmind on May 14, 2013 at 2:13 PM

At this rate, I see a Nixonian “Saturday Night Massacre” coming down the pike.

eon on May 14, 2013 at 2:05 PM

There is no loyalty among the rats on a sinking ship. If it is between self-preservation and firing a bunch of high-level appointees the choice is clear. If for no other reason there is no way that the rat-eared coward is man enough to tell the shaved Yeti he married that the taxpayer-paid vacations, parties, and concerts are coming to an end.

Happy Nomad on May 14, 2013 at 2:14 PM

22044 on May 14, 2013 at 2:11 PM

LOL! That’s wonderful. And, yes… she should. From the look of these breaking scandals, perhaps the whole administration will be singing DAISY before this is over. I hope you’re well, too, ’44.

thatsafactjack on May 14, 2013 at 2:14 PM

nonpartisan on May 14, 2013 at 2:06 PM

By the way, I predicted this defense was coming, just yesterday. Said that so many scandals appearing at once could actually be a problem for the GOP, as the left would paint them as merely scrambling to find something to pin on the White House. And I said the left would then blame the economy on GOP focusing on these “unimportant things”.

Of course, our economy wouldn’t suck right now if the left hadn’t wasted the first two years of Obama’s first term in trying to get Obamacare passed, and had instead of passing a jobs-killing-budget-destroying-nightmare, actually spent some time themselves on jobs and the economy.

Chris of Rights on May 14, 2013 at 2:14 PM

the GOP is like a pack of piranhas in a feeding frenzy and somehow tossed a bloody piece of meat overboard

suddenly, jobs and deficits no longer seem to matter *rolls eyes*

nonpartisan on May 14, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Tell us again, Harvard Law grad, how you trust our government. This government that seems to be exposed daily recently of violating our rights. This government that created the economic mess we’re currently in. Perhaps, being a Harvard Law grad and all, we could get more than two grammatically incorrect one sentence paragraphs from you? I would love to see one of your Harvard Law papers.

“heller v. dc was dumb by nonintelliegent”

“heller was dumb, lol *rolls eyes*”

NotCoach on May 14, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Obama is a Know-Nothing…

Who would have guessed?

Talk about transformation!

William Eaton on May 14, 2013 at 2:15 PM

suddenly, jobs and deficits no longer seem to matter *rolls eyes*

nonpartisan on May 14, 2013 at 2:06 PM

rolls eyes back attcha. When has Barack Hussein Zer0 ever cared about jobs and deficits in the past. Now suddenly, “please change the subject, the truth of total corruption is hurting my feelings.”

kirkill on May 14, 2013 at 2:16 PM

The Washington Post described it as Sebelius approaching these execs “hat in hand,” but I would describe it more like approaching them with a gigantically threatening regulatory cudgel in hand.

Not to mention a visit by an IRS auditor.

Full bore fascism here.

rbj on May 14, 2013 at 2:17 PM

The Obama Presidential Library and Museum is going to look pretty empty once this thing gets repealed. It’s looking like the only thing left will be political scandals. Maybe he can just solicit funds for a federal correctional facility to house his staff instead.

blammm on May 14, 2013 at 2:17 PM

nonpartisan just can’t handle Chain Lightning.

RiverCocytus on May 14, 2013 at 2:17 PM

I believe the signs of clear aggression and the employment of intimidation tactics is a direct result of a combination of that extreme hubris and open disdain for the rule of law and any who dared disagree with the policies of this administration.

thatsafactjack on May 14, 2013 at 2:05 PM

…all under the umbrella of “…the first half black president…you are racists…”

Holder, Napolitano, Sibelius and Carney are the capos of Obama.

Schadenfreude on May 14, 2013 at 2:18 PM

The Obama Presidential Library and Museum is going to look pretty empty once this thing gets repealed. It’s looking like the only thing left will be political scandals. Maybe he can just solicit funds for a federal correctional facility to house his staff instead.

blammm on May 14, 2013 at 2:17 PM

It will be a photo and art gallery consisting of nothing but Obama’s image.

NotCoach on May 14, 2013 at 2:19 PM

the GOP is like a pack of piranhas in a feeding frenzy and somehow tossed a bloody piece of meat overboard

suddenly, jobs and deficits no longer seem to matter *rolls eyes*

nonpartisan on May 14, 2013 at 2:06 PM

LOL!

Like Obama ever cared about those things in the first place.

Now it clear what Obama cared about and it was his “enemies list”.

Conservatives were wrong, no doubt, we thought Obama was the second coming of Jimmy Carter…instead Obama is the second coming of Richard Nixon, and Joe Biden is the second coming of Gerald Ford…

Nice pick progressives!

William Eaton on May 14, 2013 at 2:19 PM

jobs and deficits no longer seem to matter *rolls eyes*

nonpartisan nobrain on May 14, 2013 at 2:06 PM

They always matter with the right. They only matter with your side when there is a diversion to be had.

“the president cares about the middle class” — Carney/Goebbels’ brother, today…when the only questions were about the media being audited.

Schadenfreude on May 14, 2013 at 2:20 PM

…the media’s phones being recorded/monitored…IRS, EPA and etc.

Schadenfreude on May 14, 2013 at 2:20 PM

NotCoach on May 14, 2013 at 2:14 PM

sorry you never made it to an Ivy, your bitterness is palpable

it’s always the state school kids who have an inferiority complex against the ivy grads and will take any opportunity to push them down a peg

nonpartisan on May 14, 2013 at 2:20 PM

thatsafactjack on May 14, 2013 at 2:12 PM

I am fine :-)…

You always make sense of this mess we are in well not us, but this admin…

I hope the dam breaks and floods all the trash out of the govt!

Scrumpy on May 14, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Don’t forget: Kathleen Sebelius violated the Hatch Act and was sanctioned.

She has forfeited the benefit of the doubt and Federal ethics laws prohibit the appearance of impropriety.

Resist We Much on May 14, 2013 at 2:21 PM

The hits just keep on comin’!

Liam on May 14, 2013 at 2:22 PM

…the media’s phones being recorded/monitored…IRS, EPA and etc.

Schadenfreude on May 14, 2013 at 2:20 PM

let’s wait for the facts to come out, maybe there was a legitimate purpose and not some conspiracy?

nonpartisan on May 14, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Maybe he can just solicit funds for a federal correctional facility to house his staff instead.

blammm on May 14, 2013 at 2:17 PM

Why when we have perfectly good facilities for them in Gitmo.

Happy Nomad on May 14, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Sebelius: “I know nothing … it was a low level employee”.

darwin on May 14, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Ladies and Gentlemen…It appears that the Island of Guam is tipping…

*snicker*

Cap’n Barry to Crew: “Pay no attention to that gash on the ship’s side, flooding below deck and the increasing list. All is well. Full speed ahead.”

hawkeye54 on May 14, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Internal cost estimates from 17 of the nation’s largest insurance companies indicate that health insurance premiums will grow an average of 100 percent under Obamacare, and that some will soar more than 400 percent, crushing the administration’s goal of affordability.

Akzed on May 14, 2013 at 2:24 PM

let’s wait for the facts to come out, maybe there was a legitimate purpose and not some conspiracy?

nonpartisan on May 14, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Seriously? How naïve are you?

darwin on May 14, 2013 at 2:24 PM

LOL! That’s wonderful. And, yes… she should. From the look of these breaking scandals, perhaps the whole administration will be singing DAISY before this is over. I hope you’re well, too, ’44.

thatsafactjack on May 14, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Doing well today. At the office so I shouldn’t be here at the moment :)

I’ll keep the HAL/Sebelius meme going on future posts.

If I see them. :)

22044 on May 14, 2013 at 2:24 PM

nonpartisan on May 14, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Answer the damn question asked you dumb fluck!

Your head is too big and yeah YOU need taking down a few pegs…

Scrumpy on May 14, 2013 at 2:24 PM

sorry you never made it to an Ivy, your bitterness is palpable

it’s always the state school kids who have an inferiority complex against the ivy grads and will take any opportunity to push them down a peg

nonpartisan on May 14, 2013 at 2:20 PM

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

some of the conspiracy theories raised here are absolutely hilarious

the paranoia of baggers never fails to amuse me. thank you.

partisan on May 13, 2013 at 5:18 PM

And, your never-ending ability to suck Obama’s ass never fails to amuse me either.

Can’t wait until your ox gets gored, my precious.

Resist We Much on May 13, 2013 at 5:26 PM

is that a threat against the President’s safety? you should watch your words more carefully, miss

nonpartisan on May 13, 2013 at 5:28 PM

No, idjit. It is a statement that I can’t wait until you or your interests are targeted. Don’t come crying to me, then.

But, since you are so apparently ignorant about presidential threats, which I did not make, I suggest that you go read Watts v United States, 394 U.S. 705 (1969)…

‘I have already received my draft classification as 1-A and I have got to report for my physical this Monday coming. I am not going. If they ever make me carry a rifle the first man I want to get in my sights is L.B.J.’

– Robert Watts, at an antiwar rally, 27 August 1966

The Supreme Court of the United States of America…

HELD:

‘The language of the political arena… is often vituperative, abusive, and inexact….Thus, considering the context, and regarding the expressly conditional nature of the statement and the reaction of the listeners, the statement was not a true threat…and was political hyperbole.’

Now, run along and put some ice on that…point on the top of your head.

Resist We Much on May 13, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Calling nobrain ‘dumb as a box of rocks’ is an unforgivable insult to rocks.

Resist We Much on May 14, 2013 at 2:25 PM

let’s wait for the facts to come out, maybe there was a legitimate purpose and not some conspiracy?

nonpartisan on May 14, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Let me guess your great grand father was the one who said the Titanic was a unsinkable ship?

William Eaton on May 14, 2013 at 2:25 PM

sorry you never made it to an Ivy, your bitterness is palpable

it’s always the state school kids who have an inferiority complex against the ivy grads and will take any opportunity to push them down a peg

nonpartisan on May 14, 2013 at 2:20 PM

I never graduated from any university. I am a self taught engineer. And I’ve never felt the need to have pretended to have ever graduated from any university either, Mr. Harvard Law grad. Seriously, let’s see some of your skool work. I’m sure we would all be impressed.

NotCoach on May 14, 2013 at 2:25 PM

it’s always the state school kids who have an inferiority complex against the ivy grads and will take any opportunity to push them down a peg

nonpartisan on May 14, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Down a peg? Sweetie, you aren’t even on the board.

Happy Nomad on May 14, 2013 at 2:25 PM

My head is spinning from all these controversies.

Is someone watching to make sure that Obama isn’t signing all kinds of EOs while all of this is going on?

BuckeyeSam on May 14, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Schadenfreude on May 14, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Good afternoon, my friend.:) Well said… and of course that will be the final course they choose to try and avert the self made disaster that is bearing down on them.

thatsafactjack on May 14, 2013 at 2:26 PM

The old fashioned word for this is…Extortion

workingclass artist on May 14, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Skills of which were learned in the back rooms in Chicago.

TulsAmerican on May 14, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Calling nobrain ‘dumb as a box of rocks’ is an unforgivable insult to rocks.

Resist We Much on May 14, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Especially since rocks at least know the first rule of holes.

NotCoach on May 14, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Internal cost estimates from 17 of the nation’s largest insurance companies indicate that health insurance premiums will grow an average of 100 percent under Obamacare, and that some will soar more than 400 percent, crushing the administration’s goal of affordability.

Akzed on May 14, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Mine’s gone up every year for the past three years and now I’m looking at another 17% increase. Pretty soon it’ll be cheaper to pay the penalty or just die.

darwin on May 14, 2013 at 2:26 PM

the GOP is like a pack of piranhas in a feeding frenzy and somehow tossed a bloody piece of meat overboard suddenly, jobs and deficits no longer seem to matter

So are we the piranhas or are we throwing the meat overboiard?

*rolls eyes* nonpartisan on May 14, 2013 at 2:06 PM

So gay.

Akzed on May 14, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Calling nobrain ‘dumb as a box of rocks’ is an unforgivable insult to rocks.

Resist We Much on May 14, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Oh, I’m sorry RWM, I’m not familiar with these old people idioms.

nonpartisan on May 14, 2013 at 2:28 PM

suddenly, jobs and deficits no longer seem to matter *rolls eyes*

nonpartisan on May 14, 2013 at 2:06 PM

If we can clean out these people from the government, the ones who stand in the way of fixing both those problems, we can get somewhere. They’re an impediment, and years of complaining have done nothing, and will do nothing, long as these criminal-types are in the way.

You know — much like the liberalism in troll heads keeps them from doing anything except coming to Conservative sites to stink up the place with their liberal tripe.

Liam on May 14, 2013 at 2:28 PM

a pack of piranhas in a feeding frenzy and somehow tossed a bloody piece of meat overboard

suddenly, jobs and deficits no longer seem to matter *rolls eyes*

nonpartisan on May 14, 2013 at 2:06 PM

.
.
First, they came for the Tea Partiers,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Tea Partier.

Then, they came for the ‘Patriots,’
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a ‘Patriot.’

Then they came for the supporters of Israel,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a supporter of Israel.

Then, they came for lovers of the Second Amendment,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a lover of the Second Amendment.

Then, they came for the lovers of the First Amendment,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a lover of the First Amendment.

Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.
.
.
Sucks to be ‘me,’ eh, nobrain?

Resist We Much on May 14, 2013 at 2:28 PM

nonpartisan on May 14, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Elitist.

It’s the freakin’ Ivy heads that have been destroying America for 100 years.

“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” – President Reagan – graduate of Eureka College. Now that’s refreshing.

kirkill on May 14, 2013 at 2:29 PM

jobs and deficits no longer seem to matter *rolls eyes* nonpartisan nobrain on May 14, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Actually, we think they do, which is why we voted against Obooba.

Akzed on May 14, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Oh, I’m sorry RWM, I’m not familiar with these old people idioms.

nonpartisan on May 14, 2013 at 2:28 PM

How old do you think I am, princess?

Tell us. We need another laugh.

Resist We Much on May 14, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Calling nobrain ‘dumb as a box of rocks’ is an unforgivable insult to rocks.

Resist We Much on May 14, 2013 at 2:25 PM

If I had a pet rock, he’s be smarter than nonpartisan.

22044 on May 14, 2013 at 2:29 PM

the GOP is like a pack of piranhas in a feeding frenzy and somehow tossed a bloody piece of meat overboard

suddenly, jobs and deficits no longer seem to matter *rolls eyes*

nonpartisan on May 14, 2013 at 2:06 PM

You are an idiot.

Alana on May 14, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Calling nobrain ‘dumb as a box of rocks’ is an unforgivable insult to rocks.

Resist We Much on May 14, 2013 at 2:25 PM

RWM! You just are amazing with all your facts!! Thank you, it means so much to me… ^ 5

My head is spinning and I am trying to stay focused!

Thanks to you and Schad and jackie and many others…

You are great!!

Scrumpy on May 14, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Oh, I’m sorry RWM, I’m not familiar with these old people idioms.

nonpartisan on May 14, 2013 at 2:28 PM

How, exactly, is being proud of being ignorant ever impressive? What professor at Harvard Law taught you that?

NotCoach on May 14, 2013 at 2:30 PM

I never graduated from any university. I am a self taught engineer. And I’ve never felt the need to have pretended to have ever graduated from any university either, Mr. Harvard Law grad. Seriously, let’s see some of your skool work. I’m sure we would all be impressed.

NotCoach on May 14, 2013 at 2:25 PM

hahaha I pegged you right on, I sensed you weren’t an Ivy

you’re not even a stater, no wonder you have such a big chip on your shoulder lol

nonpartisan on May 14, 2013 at 2:30 PM

You are an idiot.

Alana on May 14, 2013 at 2:30 PM

A useful one at that.

darwin on May 14, 2013 at 2:31 PM

The New Liberal Lexicon:
“Let’s wait for the facts” => Now that the facts have come out, let’s talk about something else until we can call this Old News.

rightmind on May 14, 2013 at 2:31 PM

sorry you never made it to an Ivy, your bitterness is palpable

it’s always the state school kids who have an inferiority complex against the ivy grads and will take any opportunity to push them down a peg

nonpartisan on May 14, 2013 at 2:20 PM

You display daily, repeatedly, what a waste the leagues are. It’s good that there are better examples. They hate you. You don’t represent them well, you snot.

There are thousands here who’ve accomplished more than you will ever dream to.

Schadenfreude on May 14, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Making people more “aware” of something that sucks won’t help sell it. I think they must mean “deception” when they say “awareness”.

forest on May 14, 2013 at 2:31 PM

As Obama loves to say, “Let’s be clear” – SEBELIUS BROKE THE LAW!

…actually, she broke SEVERAL laws. There is a law that states the Federal Government can NOT spend money it does not collect in Tax Revenue – Sebelius collected money from ‘donors’ & ‘officially’ spent that money. As mentioned, by doing this Sebilius BROKE THE LAW. Also, it can be argued that she used her position of power to ‘extort’ money from these ‘donors’!

Politicians and government employees at almost all levels of the federal government – all the way to the President of the United States – have gone completely OUT OF CONTROL!

Fast & Furious, Benghazi, IRS, Sebelius, AP Wire Tapping…this President & his administration has led the charge in the on-slaught against the Constitution & the Rule Of Law, replacing them with ‘the Chicago Way’ & ‘Whatever it takes to push my agenda’! Obama is now under seige by a growingly P.O.ed & ‘newly awakened’ media over 3..4..new scandals. President Obama has grown & nurtured this corrupt culture of politics, especially through his refusal to hold anyone accountable at any time for anything.

More than alost anything right now Sebelius needs to be CHARGED WITH CRIMES, the very crimes she HAS violated, and she NEEDS – for this nation’s sake – to GO TO JAIL! Sending a sitting member of Cogress to JAIL for a CRIME would put the brakes on in politics in Washington. It would send a desperately needed signal to our politicians that YOU ARE NOT ABOVE THE LAW and a message to Americans losing faith in their government more and more by the day that the Constitution & Rule of Law in this country DOES STILL MATTER! For the survival of this nation, in order to change the course of massive moral, ethical, & integrity decline in this nation, Sebelius MUST GO TO JAIL for breaking the law….

And then she should only be the 1st!

The illusion of ‘checks & balances’ in our government has been shattered – the nation needs an agency with the power to ‘police’ our Washington leaders/politicians that exists & consists outside of Washington! ‘Policing themselves’ is nothing more than the ‘inmates in charge of the prison’. We need an independent, bi-partisan agency that will not be swayed by party, will not be able to be intimidated, & who have the authority & power to step in & enforce the laws!

easyt65 on May 14, 2013 at 2:32 PM

Obama and nobrain are Ivy…and two of the dumbest people in the USA.

Schadenfreude on May 14, 2013 at 2:32 PM

hahaha I pegged you right on, I sensed you weren’t an Ivy

you’re not even a stater, no wonder you have such a big chip on your shoulder lol

nonpartisan on May 14, 2013 at 2:30 PM

What is your degree in?

William Eaton on May 14, 2013 at 2:33 PM

The old fashioned word for this is…Extortion

workingclass artist on May 14, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Bingo.

Thank you Kansas for gracing this Nation with this Effing Parasite.

ToddPA on May 14, 2013 at 2:34 PM

hahaha I pegged you right on, I sensed you weren’t an Ivy

you’re not even a stater, no wonder you have such a big chip on your shoulder lol

nonpartisan on May 14, 2013 at 2:30 PM

You are an offensive person. Some of the most successful people in the world never graduated from any college, let alone “an ivy”. Does the name Bill Gates ring a bell?

totherightofthem on May 14, 2013 at 2:35 PM

NotCoach on May 14, 2013 at 2:14 PM

sorry you never made it to an Ivy, your bitterness is palpable

it’s always the state school kids who have an inferiority complex against the ivy grads and will take any opportunity to push them down a peg

nonpartisan on May 14, 2013 at 2:20 PM

You’re worse than an idiot.

At this point, I truly believe you are a kid with no degree from any university.

Alana on May 14, 2013 at 2:35 PM

It looks like the strategy is to flood the public with scandals as in Cloward-Piven in hopes that the noise gets boring by 2014 election when the vote bait (lust and free lunches) and illegal votes win the house….

Don L on May 14, 2013 at 2:35 PM

hahaha I pegged you right on, I sensed you weren’t an Ivy

you’re not even a stater, no wonder you have such a big chip on your shoulder lol

nonpartisan on May 14, 2013 at 2:30 PM

What is your degree in?

William Eaton on May 14, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Law…but don’t ask it any legal questions because it will all of a sudden have to ‘run and go get dinner.’

Resist We Much on May 14, 2013 at 2:36 PM

hahaha I pegged you right on, I sensed you weren’t an Ivy

you’re not even a stater, no wonder you have such a big chip on your shoulder lol

nonpartisan on May 14, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Wait, wait, wait. You “pegged me right on” by calling me a graduate of a state university even though I wasn’t. Yes you are quite impressive, aren’t you? And now I understand fully your claim to have graduated from Harvard Law. Apparently, in your eyes, a person’s entire worth is predicated upon which university he/she graduated from. I encourage you to never have children because you will royally screw them up.

NotCoach on May 14, 2013 at 2:36 PM

At this point, I truly believe you are a kid with no degree from any university.

Alana on May 14, 2013 at 2:35 PM

How does one tell anymore?

Don L on May 14, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Nobrain did NOT graduate from Harvard Law.

Period.

Story.

End of.

Resist We Much on May 14, 2013 at 2:37 PM

You are an offensive person. Some of the most successful people in the world never graduated from any college, let alone “an ivy”. Does the name Bill Gates ring a bell?

totherightofthem on May 14, 2013 at 2:35 PM

And, just to cheese off the troll real well — Rush Limbaugh. Yet Rush is worth so much he can donate $500K or more a year to the Leukemia Foundation, plus more money to other charities.

Liam on May 14, 2013 at 2:37 PM

I’m wary of the tidal wave of scandals. I don’t have a difficult time believing all of them. I just know that wily libs will use some form of jiu jitsu to make the entire culture of corruption seem less than the sum of its constituent scandals.

Low info voters may see the house of cards falling and not believe it possible that all of it could have been true.

freedomfirst on May 14, 2013 at 2:37 PM

If they’re breaking the law that Congress passed denying funding, why are they not under arrest?

Iblis on May 14, 2013 at 2:38 PM

hahaha I pegged you right on, I sensed you weren’t an Ivy

you’re not even a stater, no wonder you have such a big chip on your shoulder lol

nonpartisan on May 14, 2013 at 2:30 PM

What is your degree in?

William Eaton on May 14, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Transgendered animal husbandry.

CurtZHP on May 14, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Imperial.

Limerick on May 14, 2013 at 2:38 PM

How does one tell anymore?

Don L on May 14, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Without actually meeting someone you can’t. Too many biological adults running around stuck mentally as children in today’s world. See OWS.

NotCoach on May 14, 2013 at 2:39 PM

At this point, I truly believe you are a kid with no degree from any university.

Alana on May 14, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Of course. She’s a fat, unpopular teenager whose older sister has dated every member of the football team. And I mean EVERY member.

CurtZHP on May 14, 2013 at 2:39 PM

And, just to cheese off the troll real well — Rush Limbaugh. Yet Rush is worth so much he can donate $500K or more a year to the Leukemia Foundation, plus more money to other charities.

Liam on May 14, 2013 at 2:37 PM

I never said a noncollege grad is worthless

but the way notcoach was attacking my harvard credentials revealed his inferiority complex

if someone attended Harvard, Princeton, Yale, they wouldn’t attack me because they’d know it’s not a big deal

nonpartisan on May 14, 2013 at 2:40 PM

Methinks the only things taught at the ivys is how to form and climb upon their glorious pegs.
All other grads are sooo far below, that taking the ivy grads down a peg or two is the only way they might possibly get a clue.

* apologies to any Ivy grads who’ve always had a clue.

pambi on May 14, 2013 at 2:40 PM

Maybe she will resign! Please, someone in this regime have some shame! Oh, well!

tomshup on May 14, 2013 at 2:40 PM

And, just to cheese off the troll real well — Rush Limbaugh. Yet Rush is worth so much he can donate $500K or more a year to the Leukemia Foundation, plus more money to other charities.

Liam on May 14, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Much better than my example. :-D

totherightofthem on May 14, 2013 at 2:41 PM

hahaha I pegged you right on, I sensed you weren’t an Ivy nonpartisan on May 14, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Corpseman…

Akzed on May 14, 2013 at 2:41 PM

The fact is that many parents who did attend Ivy League schools are appalled at the decline in those schools and have determined to help their offspring choose better schools. Further, the UC system, still ranked among the top 10 in the world, and several other ‘state’ school systems, stack up very well academically with ANY Ivy League school. The prestige associated with attending one of the Ivy League schools deteriorated as their curriculum declined and wandered off into the boutique degrees, rather than sticking to core degrees and course requirements. Seems radicalism and Marxist theory don’t get a grad very far in the real world.

thatsafactjack on May 14, 2013 at 2:43 PM

if someone attended Harvard, Princeton, Yale, they wouldn’t attack me because they’d know it’s not a big deal

nonpartisan on May 14, 2013 at 2:40 PM

You’re right. Graduating from “an ivy” is no big deal. Obama has taught us nothing if not that. That much of your statement is honest. However, your attempt to backpedal from a truly offensive display of snobbery is weak.

totherightofthem on May 14, 2013 at 2:44 PM

but the way notcoach was attacking my harvard credentials revealed his inferiority complex

nonpartisan on May 14, 2013 at 2:40 PM

And your holding them up so high reveals your inferiority complex, which you mask with a phony air of superiority around here.

Liam on May 14, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Odumbo and his staff don’t have enough fingers to plug all the holes in the dike.

rjoco1 on May 14, 2013 at 2:45 PM

I never said a noncollege grad is worthless

but the way notcoach was attacking my harvard credentials revealed his inferiority complex

if someone attended Harvard, Princeton, Yale, they wouldn’t attack me because they’d know it’s not a big deal

nonpartisan on May 14, 2013 at 2:40 PM

Nobrain did NOT graduate from Harvard Law.

Period.

Story.

End of.

Resist We Much on May 14, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Who are we gonna believe around here, you or the actual lawyer who has demonstrated time and again a deep understanding of the law? I’m going with someone who can communicate with properly written sentences not afraid to address legal questions. You, the so called Harvard Law grad, has never posted a single legal argument that I can think of. That’s rather odd, don’t you think?

NotCoach on May 14, 2013 at 2:45 PM

What is your degree in?

William Eaton on May 14, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Claims a Law degree from Harvard.

Has never left a post that would support said degree.

Jabberwock on May 14, 2013 at 2:45 PM

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