Patterico's Pontifications

8/12/2013

Sen Landrieu Lies to Veterans Group

Filed under: General — JD @ 9:08 am

[Guest post by JD]

Sen Mary Landrieu had the following to say to a group of veterans about the US debt, excerpted on Breitbart, via the Shreveport News, link broken :

An older veteran stood up toward the middle of the meeting and expressed to her his deep sadness and concern with the massive and constantly growing American debt ($16.9 trillion today and $5.6 trillion in 2000) and the crippling cost to taxpayers to pay for the staggering interest on that debt.
I felt he was in sync with and spoke on behalf of about 85 percent of the nation in his comments, reflecting a voice that is expressed nationally on both sides of the political aisle.
I was stunned to then hear my Louisiana senator defend the massive U.S. debt saying: “That is not true, sir! We do not have an increasing national debt! For the past six to seven years we have been continuously driving that debt down and reducing it and it is NOT increasing.”
She then went on to explain the federal costs of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security as “non-negotiable mandates by law that cannot be changed” and explained that only a small portion of the federal budget was in discretionary spending, where she was working with others in the Senate to further reduce our nation’s debt.

Leftists shouldn’t be allowed within a mile of a checkbook.

—JD

SHOCKA! Holder DOJ Dishonest. Again. And again.

Filed under: General — JD @ 8:59 am

[Guest post by JD]

In what will surely come as a complete shock to all of you, it is revealed in another Friday afternoon document dump that the DOJ flat out lied about their mortgage fraud prosecution claims. They only inflated their numbers by 80-90%.

Bloomberg News caught them red handed …

The Justice Department made a long-overdue disclosure late Friday: Last year when U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder boasted about the successes that a high-profile task force racked up pursuing mortgage fraud, the numbers he trumpeted were grossly overstated.

We’re not talking small differences here. Originally the Justice Department said 530 people were charged criminally as part of a year-long initiative by the multi-agency Mortgage Fraud Working Group. It now says the actual figure was 107 — or 80 percent less. Holder originally said the defendants had victimized more than 73,000 American homeowners. That number was revised to 17,185, while estimates of homeowner losses associated with the frauds dropped to $95 million from $1 billion.

This was not the first time they did this either.

Add these lesser lies to the ever-growing listed of DOJ politicization and perfidy.

—JD


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