Why IG Walpin is fired?

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    Looks like, whoever finds irregularities with Obama's special interests is getting fired.

    Walpin-gate - Washington Times
     
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    Tip of the ICEBERG!

    If an objective investigation of this herd ever comes to pass, there is no end ot the corruption that it will uncover.

    ACORN ALONE is little more than culltural subversion and that isn't even a respectable SLIVER of this guys spear...
     
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    It's Chicago-style politics.
     
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    Bottom line: The AmeriCorps IG accuses prominent Obama supporter of misusing AmeriCorps grant money. Prominent Obama supporter has to pay back more than $400,000 of that grant money. Obama fires AmeriCorps IG.

    Byron York | Washington Examiner Story Updates

    At Wednesday's meeting, Sen. Grassley's staffers wanted to know more about the White House review. "Unfortunately," Grassley writes in a letter sent late Wednesday afternoon to White House counsel Gregory Craig, "Mr. Eisen refused to answer several direct questions posed to him about the representations made in his letter." Grassley says that since Eisen refused to answer the questions in person, Grassley would submit a dozen of them in writing. Here they are:

    1) Did the [Corporation for National and Community Service] Board communicate its concerns about Mr. Walpin to the White House in writing?

    2) Specifically, which CNCS Board members came forward with concerns about Mr. Walpin’s ability to serve as the Inspector General?

    3) Was the communication about the Board’s concerns on or about May 20, 2009 the first instance of any communications with White House personnel regarding the possibility of removing Mr. Walpin?

    4) Which witnesses were interviewed in the course of Mr. Eisen’s review?

    5) How many witnesses were interviewed?

    6) Were any employees of the Office of Inspector General, who may have had more frequent contact with Mr. Walpin than the Board members, interviewed?

    7) Was Mr. Walpin asked directly during Mr. Eisen’s review about the events of May 20, 2009?

    8) Was Mr. Walpin asked for his response to the allegations submitted to the Integrity Committee by Acting U.S. Attorney Lawrence Brown?

    9) What efforts were made during Mr. Eisen’s review to obtain both sides of the story or to afford the Office of Inspector General an opportunity to be heard?

    10) In addition to the claim that Mr. Walpin was “confused” and “disoriented,” the letter also says he exhibited “other behavior” that led to questions about his capacity. What other behavior was Mr. Eisen referencing?

    11) If the initial and primary concern had to do with Mr. Walpin’s capacity to serve for potential health reasons, why was he only given one hour to decide whether to resign or be fired?

    12) If Mr. Walpin’s telecommuting arrangements since the beginning of this year were a major concern, then why was Mr. Walpin not simply asked to stop telecommuting?

    Grassley asks the White House for a response in writing by Wednesday, June 24.
     
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    Walpin's been on several talk shows of late. He doesn't show any signs of senility that I've seen yet.

    One of the things I said before the election was that the first thing Obama would nationalize would be Chicago style politics. I hate t say I told you so but I told you so.

    Not mind you that the Obamaphiles care how much their beloved and his cronies rip them off. After all he reads so well...
     
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    Inspector General Reform Act of 2008
    A bill to amend the Inspector General Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. App.) to enhance the Offices of the Inspectors General, to create a Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, and for other purposes...
    S.2324: Inspector General Reform Act of 2008 -... OpenCongress

    WASHINGTON - -- He was appointed with fanfare as the public watchdog over the government's multi-billion dollar bailout of the nation's financial system. But now Neil Barofsky is embroiled in a dispute with the Obama administration that delayed one recent inquiry and sparked questions about his ability to freely investigate.

    The disagreement stems from a claim by the Treasury Department that Barofsky is not entirely independent of the agency he is assigned to examine ¿ a claim that has prompted a stern letter from a Republican senator warning that agency officials are encroaching on the integrity of an office created to protect taxpayers.

    Sen. Charles Grassley, R- Iowa, sent the letter Wednesday to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner demanding information about a "dispute over certain Treasury documents" that he said were being "withheld" from Barofsky's office on a "specious claim of attorney-client privilege."
    Senator asks about firings of watchdogs -- chicagotribune.com

    The IG's office is there to hold the Govt. accountable on behalf of the American people. This tactic on behalf of the Obama Administration especially in light of it's condemnation of the Bush Administrations firing of several Justice Dept. Attys. is at least a "double standard". However, the firing of Mr. Walpin who at the time investigating a notable Obama supporter as well as Americorps. The IG should not be subject to the Presidents whims as they represnt the American peoples interests in keeping Govt. honest. This is a tactic that I'm sure that Mr. Obama has learned quite well from Mr. Daily in Chicago as has been pointed out.
     
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    Transparency huh?

    Honesty from government huh?

    It's gotten so that when Obama says one thing I tend to think he really means just the opposite, in some cryptic way.
     
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    Im sure A.H. it's the other purposes clauue that it all falls under for them. It reminds me of the Ward Bosses of the 19th Century or corrupt mayors, who when they didnt like someone who mught expose them they just up and replaced them. As I mentioned above the IG should NOT be sudject t or report to the White House and his position should be an appointment that is made by Congress and reports to Congress. IMO.
     
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    Sounds bad to me, too.

    Why was Walpin fired?

    Aye there's the rub.

    Did he go outside usual channels by announcing what he found?

    Was he setting out to embarrass Obama, or what?

    And if he did, and if he was, it seems like a boneheaded thing to do to fire the guy.
     
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