Thursday, February 18, 2010

Hope? Change?

Apparently, Obama didn't really mean all that fluff about taking money out of politics. From The Daily Caller:

Obama has not only embraced the sordid money-driven culture of DC, but actually outdone his predecessors. An analysis by the American Foreign Service Association, for example, found that Obama has stuffed the diplomatic corps with more political appointees (i.e., cronies) than any president in the past 40 years. Only a year into the administration, close of half of the president’s biggest donors already have federal jobs.

Oh, but there's more:

Then there are the folks from Wall Street. Democrats usually see these folks as greedy jackals who destroyed the global economy, unless Obama puts them in the special “savvy businessman” box. For example, Michael Froman, who raised over $200,000 for Obama, is now Deputy National Security Advisor for International and Economic Affairs. He worked for Citigroup. Eric Schwartz, who raised over $100,000 for Change, is now Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration. He worked for Goldman Sachs. Louis Susman raised over $200,000 for Obama, and landed a gig as Ambassador to the Court of St. James in the UK. He worked for Citigroup Corporate and Investment Banking.

So, exactly what "IS" the Bureau for Population, Refugees, and Migration? Their website. You know what I'm thinking, right?

Numerous other organizations, such as UNICEF, the World Food Program, and others also provide assistance to IDPs that complement the activities of UNHCR and ICRC. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funds the work of these other international organizations as well as non-governmental organizations to respond to IDP needs as well.

I've got a GREAT idea. How 'bout we let UNICEF, WFP and others provide ALL the assistance? And, call me crazy, but this sounds like something the UN should be doing . I wonder how much we spend on this. And, I wonder how many other bureaus and departments there are like this in Washington, bureaus and departments that overlap other agencies. Of course, everyone needs their little piece, right?