Whether or not you enjoy this week’s edition of Winners and Losers — we hope you do — you can at least take solace in the fact that no taxpayer dollars were wasted in the selection or documentation of this week’s nominees.
Democrats Up For Re-election in 2014 — Losers — Democrats seeking reelection in 2014 are in a tough spot. The once-popular President is mired in low approval ratings in the wake of his disastrous national health care rollout. Now Dems are forced to chose between embracing the leader of the party — and his healthcare plan — or separating themselves from the centerpiece of Liberal achievement for the last decade.
MSNBC — Loser — MSNBC has sunk to new lows, then tunneled deeper into the solid bedrock of anger and irrelevance. The past month has been one mess after another culminating in this week’s racist, biased, slanderous on-air accusations against Bill O’Reilly by Al Sharpton.
The Environmental Protection Agency — Loser — The architect of the EPA’s landmark Clean Air Act has, for the last decade, been bilking the agency — and therefore the taxpaying American people — for hundreds of thousands of dollars as he took lavish vacations and generally disregarded his work. Former senior EPA policy adviser John Beale, once thought to be one of the brightest stars in the environmental biz, turns out to be a conman who managed to elude detection by anyone in the agency for a full decade. Despite his lawyer’s claims of mental problems, Beale turned out to be quite a good conman. His haul is reportedly nearly $900,000 of YOUR money. It seems that “Fake Spy” is good work, if you can get it.
American Taxpayers — Losers — The total costs either spent or budgeted for building and advertising www.healthcare.gov are approaching $1 billion. That’s not money spent on providing healthcare to anyone. That’s your money, folks, spent to build and market a site that doesn’t work.
Senator Tom Coburn — Winner — Once a year, Oklahoma Republican Tom Coburn steps into the national spotlight. His non-partisan “Wastebook” details the most disgraceful and wasteful expenditures of your money by the people we pay to represent our best interests in Washington. My personal favorite: NASA spent $3 million — during the dreaded sequester, mind you — to study “how Congress works”. Coburn’s annual report is a spot on indictment of Congressional waste and should not be overlooked by the American people. He names no particular individuals and grinds no axes. Coburn, like the good folks here at Winners and Losers, just calls ‘em like he sees ‘em. And what he sees is government elitists run amok with no accountability or common sense.
Everyone Involved in Nelson Mandela’s Funeral — Losers — Nelson Mandela was one of the great statesmen of the last century. The force of his impact on South Africa in particular and race relations in general cannot be overstated. And how was his life celebrated? With the leader of the free world taking unabashed “selfies” and a lunatic on stage pretending to use sign language but actually just flailing his arms like a three-year-old. Speaking of the leader of the free world and that lunatic, at one point they were about three feet from one another. That’s not exactly a ringing endorsement for the security at the funeral, either. What a shame that Mandela’s funeral will be forever remembered for these two random acts of foolishness rather than the legacy he left behind.
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