President Biden’s COVID relief quickly turns into shocking stories of waste, fraud and abuse, with a dose of misdirection and political twist.
Biden yelled at the help of COVID, “This historic legislation aims to rebuild the backbone of this country and empower the people of this nation, the workers, the middle class people, the people who built the country , a chance to fight. It was the promise, but it is not the reality.
What Biden hasn’t told Americans is that their money is actually being sent overseas for projects unrelated to the public health crisis. Diving equipment in Uruguay, gas turbine engines in Canada, HIV research in Ukraine, and management consulting services in Fiji are all part of what Democrats see as urgent emergency aid. Even “Disinformation and fake news, TV, radio and multimedia project for PD” in South America via the State Department.
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These are just a few of the grants listed on pandemicoversight.gov, where independent government inspectors general have created an important resource for Americans to monitor government aid.
In just a few minutes, I was able to learn that the Democrats had budgeted for the construction of two lookouts at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The budget for the 20 foot by 30 foot and 16 foot by 20 foot structures ordered from The Cedar Store is $ 600,000 for two gazebos.
About $ 5 million went to Russia for grants to “civil society”. $ 24 million went to Syria to encourage them to wash their hands.
In Gabon, the US Department of Defense received more than $ 180,000 for the repair of the ejection seat of a T-38C aircraft.
The Pandemic Accountability Committee (PRAC), chaired by MJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, set up the website to reveal “who received pandemic funding, how much they received and how they are spending. money ”. The PRAC urges Americans to use the site to report fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement of funding in the future.
Browsing through the data, I repeatedly find expenses that should be part of our regular budget disguised as COVID relief.
The unprecedented volume of COVID humanitarian aid makes it a prime target for fraud.
There was $ 363 million in planning for the construction of the USS Boise (obviously they appear to have received $ 11 million more than the existing contract amended). Paying the full bill for an attack submarine for the Defense Department is hardly what Democrats have promised to be COVID relief.
While government waste is a sad reality – and a reason many of us prefer to limit the role of government – the unprecedented volume of COVID humanitarian aid makes it a prime target for fraud.
We have already seen several cases of fraud prosecuted with regard to the financing of the CARES Act. A Massachusetts man recently pleaded guilty to filing four fraudulent Paycheck Protection Program (P3) claims worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. A Florida couple have been indicted in federal court in a scheme to raise $ 4 million from the disaster economic impact loan program. These are probably the tip of the iceberg.
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In March, the Justice Department reported that it had indicted nearly 500 people in criminal projects to raise money for pandemic aid. And that’s the fruit at hand. These are the people here in the United States who are asking for funds. What happens when this money is scattered overseas in countries over which US law enforcement has no jurisdiction?
Fiji sees single-digit cases daily, but receives $ 61 million in emergency relief funds. What is it really for? Especially when you consider that India, which has seen a massive peak since April, initially only received $ 17 million in emergency aid.
It’s as if the pandemic is nothing more than an excuse to spend money Democrats can’t justify through the regular budget process (as it is). Who knows what else we will find relief funds purchased in the years to come.
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Transparency will be more important than ever. Horowitz and his fellow Inspectors General have a huge job to do if they are to track how the budgeted money was ultimately spent. The job is made even greater by the fact that so many media, which would normally be relied on to report waste, fraud and abuse, have become the cheerleaders of the ruling party.
It is incumbent on American citizens and responsible media to closely monitor where these emergency dollars end up and to hold accountable those who perpetuate waste, fraud and abuse, because what we are told is not what we are told. is actually happening.
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