Judicial Watch reports that a mistake made by a couple of high-income taxpayers went uncaught by the IRS and Social Security Administration. It was a big enough mistake that it threw off the the entire country's statistical wage tables. Whoopsie!
In a perfect example of the need to keep government in check, a $32.3 billion mistake that severely distorted the nation’s 2009 wage statistics was only discovered because the media questioned a federal agency’s suspect data.
The massive blunder slipped by two key government agencies—Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Social Security Administration (SSA)—and neither will comment on who is at fault, though SSA has asked its inspector general to investigate the embarrassing matter.
Here is what happened, according to the news agency that broke the story and got the government to correct the huge problem: Two people filed multiple income tax forms (known as W-2) that made them multibillionaires and the reports, now believed to be bogus, threw the entire country’s statistical wage tables out of whack.
In government figures released last month, pay for the top U.S. earners quintupled in 2009 to an average of $519 million when in fact they had fallen 7.7% from the previous year to an average of $84 million. The mistake affected the entire nation’s wage statistics, which fell an average of $598 but instead were listed as dropping only $384.
While officials at SSA and the IRS found nothing strange in the unrealistic leap in high-earners’ incomes, thankfully the media did. The feds initially confirmed to a skeptical reporter that the data was correct, but they decided to review W-2s by hand after a story was published citing the improbable stats of record-high wages.
This week SSA officials announced that they found “invalid” wages from two of the 74 top earners listed in its original data. The information originally came from the IRS, which not surprisingly, refuses to comment on the multi billion-dollar debacle. To see the corrected 2009 wage statistics click here.
I'm not sure where this election will eventually take him, but just from what I know and have heard from him so far, I would like to see him in the Oval Office one day. Allen West gets it. He understands the role and place of a representative politician.
An estimated 63% of voters made the effort to vote yesterday in an election that resulted in a Congressional swing not seen for the last 7 decades. That is a really good number, higher than I can remember in recent elections, but it still leaves room for improvement. This is our responsibility; no complaining about the results if you don't vote. Idaho Statesman:
Voters came out in droves Tuesday for a midterm election many saw as a referendum on President Barack Obama’s first two years.
Early estimates Tuesday night indicated between 60 percent and 65 percent turnout in both Ada and Canyon counties.
While ballots were still being tallied in Canyon County, Deputy Clerk Brad Jackson said the question is whether heavy absentee and early voting would ultimately mean a less-enthusiastic Election Day turnout.
Officials said 65 percent voter turnout was possible.
By late Tuesday afternoon, polling places in Ada County were also reporting voter turnout that was “higher than people expected,” said Ada County Deputy Clerk Chris Rich.
As almost 900 election workers toiled away Tuesday night, Ada County officials expected from 120,000 to 130,000 voters.
Idaho election officials projected that 63 percent of the more than 752,000 registered voters would take part in Tuesday’s election.
Meanwhile, the Idaho Statesman’s website logged more than 130,000 hits to its online voter guide, an indication perhaps of last-minute interest in more information on candidates and issues.
This is the kind of thing you see in movies. Actually, even then it wouldn't be from the 7th floor. An 18 month old on a balcony in Paris fell off, hit an awning below and was caught by someone who saw it happen. Unbelievable! Y!:
An 18-month-old boy survived after falling seven floors and bouncing off a Paris cafe awning into the arms of a passer-by, witnesses said Tuesday.
"My son saw a little boy on a balcony. He had gone right outside the railing... I said to myself I mustn't miss him," the toddler's saviour, local doctor Philippe Bensignor, told AFP, recounting Monday's drama.
"I had time to move from side to side to get in the right position," he added. "The little boy was fine. He cried a little bit but calmed down straightaway."
An official involved in investigating the incident said the boy had been left alone in the family apartment in northern Paris with his sister by their parents, who were taken into custody afterwards.
"It's a real miracle," said the cafe's barman, who gave his name as Gaby, pointing to a small tear in the awning where the toddler bounced off.
"We were closed yesterday but the mechanical device for closing the awning wasn't working."
Oh there was change all right Sister Toldjah posted this today and I think it is worth passing on. It is election day after all. I have to say, however, that the chanting rubs me the wrong way...
This is the BEST video I have seen yet that parodies what our celebrity President promised as a candidate in 2008 – which his celebrity supporters parroted, also – versus what this country has actually gotten in return. REMEMBER this as you go to vote today, and forward it to your family in friends so they will remember, too.
Just released! It's the Guide to INEXPENSIVE Travel:
Not content with the amount of money spent by government so far, Obama's trip to India will cost $200 million for each day he is there. I am not against taking necessary precautions to protect the safety and security of the President, but this seems excessive to me. NDTV:
While Jon Stewart puts on his safely PC Detached Irony Mock-Fest a little later today, keep this unexpected moment from last night’s Real Time with Bill Maher in mind. After noting that Mohammed is now the most popular name for newborns in Britain, Bill Maher stopped his panel and audience cold by asking, “Am I racist to feel alarmed by that? Because I am. And it’s not because of the race, it’s because of the religion. I don’t have to apologize, do I, for not wanting the Western world to be taken over by Islam in 300 years?”
What a great thing to do. A 12 year old Texas boy battling non-Hodgkin lymphoma will be on the Broncos sideline for the Hawaii game. Nicely done! via Idaho Statesman:
Boise State football coach Chris Petersen and the Broncos granted the wish of 12-year-old Stephen Kinsey of San Antonio, Texas, who is battling non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
His request: To be a coach for a day with Petersen.
Kinsey, who has been a Boise State fan since he spotted the blue turf on TV in the early 2000s, never has attended a Broncos game or even stepped inside Bronco Stadium.
He’ll spend part of Friday with the Broncos and watch Saturday’s game — a critical contest for Boise State — from the sideline with his dad, Bryan. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Idaho arranged the details.
“I just like the team a lot. I like the colors. I like the players,” Stephen said Monday night. “I’ve been to a couple college games, but never in Boise, so I’m kind of excited.”
Said Petersen: “Hopefully he’ll enjoy the game. And being around our guys and just being with us, hopefully he just really enjoys that.”
The details of Stephen’s experience are secret. Boise State wants to surprise the seventh-grader.
But Petersen, whose son Sam received a wish while he was being treated for a brain tumor, seems eager to give Stephen a weekend to remember.
Petersen’s wife, Barbara, is a Make-A-Wish volunteer. She has been involved in planning Stephen’s wish.
In fact, the Petersens’ support was a key reason why Make-A-Wish was able to plan Stephen’s trip with less than three weeks’ notice. He arrives Thursday and leaves Monday.
“(Barbara) and Chris were absolutely floored and honored and so gracious,” said Nancy Berry, program services director for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Idaho.
Make sure you know who your vote is going to. With election fraud already reported around the country (and even more, it seems), it is important that your ballot gets cast for those you intend it. Of course that won't prevent felons, deceased, or other illegals from stealing the race. Is there such a thing as a fair fight in politics? via WND:
A Minnesota organization whose investigation concluded comedian Al Franken might not have been chosen by voters is encouraging citizens nationwide to take back their elections by monitoring polling stations and letting authorities know immediately of anything improper.
"They should observe and report," Dan McGrath of Minnesota Majority told WND today. "They shouldn't get involved in confrontations or asking questions."
But citizens should notify authorities immediately of intimidation, electioneering, suspicions about improper influence or illegal voters, said McGrath, who said organizations of interested voters concerned about the integrity of America's vote are multiplying.
His organization probed Franken's 312-vote victory in the U.S. Senate rate in Minnesota in 2008. Incumbent Norm Coleman was found to have more votes at the end of the polling, but the victory was given to Franken after challenged recounts.
According to records, however, at least 341 convicted felons voted in Hennepin County, where Minneapolis is located, and another 52 voted illegally in Ramsey County, home to St. Paul.
"The number of felons voting in those two counties alone exceeds … Franken's victory margin," according to the analysis.
McGrath said there's no effort to invalidate the Franken election, but his group showed how the system failed to provide voters with reason to have confidence in the results.
"I don't presume to know how those [ineligible voters] cast their ballots. I can't say," McGrath told WND. "What I do know is that because of the fraud that was in the system, we don't know if we elected the person the people really wanted to elect.