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Brand USA Scandal Deepens
Washington Free Beacon, by CJ Ciaramella

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Posted By:JoniTx, 12/14/2012 9:18:25 PM

KTS Business Consulting’s recent audit of Brand USA—the government-subsidized corporation created by Congress to promote United States tourism that has been dogged by allegations of cronyism and waste—obtained by the Free Beacon shows a company without vision, motivation, or oversight. The audit found “a majority of the staff did not have any idea what the mission” of Brand USA was and that “all staff was in limbo as to what type of organization the Brand USA is.” The Daily Caller first reported Thursday on new expense reports and business audits that paint a picture


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Reply 1 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 12/14/2012 11:06:04 PM     (No. 9066537)

Let the good times roll. After all, it´s OPM aka other people´s money aka your tax dollars.

If we did not give one dime in foreign aid or let any official go on a trip to promote their state or this country, trust me ..they will still come here.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: bob913, 12/15/2012 12:08:32 AM     (No. 9066596)

FTA: The audit found “a majority of the staff did not have any idea what the mission” of Brand USA was

Understandable as they hear obama and the rest of the democrats trash the United States.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Spidey, 12/15/2012 1:27:11 AM     (No. 9066659)

Obama has created a 100 new government jobs a day since being in office. You have to wonder how many were BS jobs like these. We already had a bloated federal payroll before he even came along.

The lesbian cop who shot herself in NYC after posing with Obama,made me wonder how you can afford to carry a ceremonial officer on the payroll.When´s your next ceremony? Oh,sometime in August.

The commonality of all these people is they pay dues to line the dems coffers.It doesn´t matter whether the job is necessary or not. If they get behind on money,they simply float a bond or raise taxes.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Tom kilbride, 12/15/2012 2:10:42 AM     (No. 9066679)

Obviously, Brand USA is grossly underfunded.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Trigger2, 12/15/2012 3:27:39 AM     (No. 9066720)

If the House proposes killing this worthless GSA, will Harry Reid moan and cry like he did about the cowboy poetry festival?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: bubby, 12/15/2012 7:59:37 AM     (No. 9066898)

Eliminating this worthless govt-subsidized program along with all the other programs and some departments should be a starting point for Republicans rather than talking about cutting Medicare or SS. There are all kinds of cuts like this that will have no effect on anyone. De-fund NPR, PBS, Planned Parenthood, Department of Education, Department of Energy, tie foreign aid to supporting the US at the UN, better yet de-fund the UN. There is so much waste it is incredible. I don´t want a balanced budget in 10 years which won´t happen I want one next year!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: LZK, 12/15/2012 8:26:36 AM     (No. 9066941)

OMG -- the DC politicians just keep using and using and using our money....


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Reply 8 - Posted by: Janjan, 12/15/2012 8:36:41 AM     (No. 9066964)

The government is broken and the entire system is corrupt. Half of our voters are stupid. How do you fix it?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Crosscut, 12/15/2012 8:37:24 AM     (No. 9066967)

No doubt this organization had a wonderfully diverse staff, everyone behaving like life was one big sit com and emulating a "Friends" lifestyle. Complete worthless losers with pud government jobs.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: maryc, 12/15/2012 9:24:12 AM     (No. 9067085)

No wonder Washington is considered a sewer. All it does is produce waste. The greenhouse effect over DC should be looked into.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: BlueRidgeMtn, 12/15/2012 9:54:47 AM     (No. 9067182)

I does no good to contact my Senators, they´re Obama toadies who only care about Democrats holding on to power by whatever mean necessary.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: RancherJack, 12/15/2012 10:03:42 AM     (No. 9067203)

#9 - the real and actionable answer would get us all visited by some "brand" of federal agencies as potential subversives.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: gone2pot, 12/15/2012 10:16:02 AM     (No. 9067225)

Well, the new enhancement to the old federal grant system is much more easy and convenient to transfer federal tax money into DNC coffers. In your face and utterly unstoppable. Another reason why conservatism is completely shut out of elections until we are taken out as a nation. "Guilty as sin, free as a bird, what a country."

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Reply 14 - Posted by: ketchuplover, 12/15/2012 10:20:07 AM     (No. 9067236)

I say we reimburse the U.S. Govt from "Obama´s Stash."

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Butch59, 12/15/2012 10:29:59 AM     (No. 9067253)

All this is is just the average government agency doing the "peoples" business by dedicated employees.s/

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Arby, 12/15/2012 10:46:46 AM     (No. 9067287)

Sometime, somehow, someone should cancel congress´ credit cards.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Eheu Fugaces, 12/15/2012 11:00:37 AM     (No. 9067326)

Chicago-style payoff to loyal Democrats. The Federal Government as a legal bagman. The sweet,corpse-like stench of Democrats in action, or in this case, in inaction.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: dot66, 12/15/2012 11:03:16 AM     (No. 9067330)

Yet more evidence that the radio caller was telling the absolute truth when he said, "I was in a meeting after Obama got elected and I was told by the Democratic officials in that meeting that we were gonna get billions of dollars that was gonna come down the pike, our way, and what we were to do with it was, we were supposed to build a…. We are gonna build an army of Democratic patronage jobs…. gonna completely freeze up the Republicans forever and ever…"
"It’s not a stimulus package; it’s not pork; it’s a job patronage system.
"…be bigger than the United States Army--that’s what we were told; there’s gonna be more employees working for the Democrats in this patronage system than the United States Army."

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Reply 19 - Posted by: MDConservative, 12/15/2012 12:56:41 PM     (No. 9067560)

But first, let´s talk about REVENUES! s/off

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Soldiers Father, 12/15/2012 1:06:01 PM     (No. 9067575)

Had to read all the way to the next to last paragraph that this organization was formed in 2010, the second year of o´s "reign"

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Reply 21 - Posted by: DCGIRL, 12/15/2012 2:22:20 PM     (No. 9067743)

I´m contacting my Senator and congressman to shut this organization down. What a waste....but remember every agency in the Federal Government has areas like this. I say reduce each agency by 10% and I bet they will get by just fine.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: TX_blanke, 12/15/2012 5:02:06 PM     (No. 9067956)

This sounds like there is a lot of Demo-crap that needs to be cleaned out of the Federal Government. Can´t wait for a party that is ready to get this done!

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Reply 23 - Posted by: LanieLou, 12/15/2012 7:29:56 PM     (No. 9068145)

Sounds like old fashioned Chicago thug style money laundering, with a short term profit margin of 50% !

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Reply 24 - Posted by: rocket scientist, 12/15/2012 9:55:11 PM     (No. 9068317)

Most everyone agrees that at least one third of the government budget is lost to fraud, abuse and waste. Yet I never hear one Senator, one Representative talk about how they are going to tackle all this fraud,abuse and waste. If all this waste was eliminated we would have a balanced budget. Instead all the politicians want to talk about is Gay Marriage, Birth Control, anything useless to keep the people´s minds distracted. We need an anti-corruption party.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: larryp, 12/15/2012 11:08:13 PM     (No. 9068376)

If obama gone for 3 weeks thn send WH staffand Most of EOB home.
And the govt does not work on weekends or hoildays...so lets add a day and a half more to that. Net" govt closed from thurs noon to Monday. That will save a lot.We won´t miss it.And the lack of spending will be great.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: lana720, 12/16/2012 12:28:13 AM     (No. 9068479)

OMG, no wonder we´re all depressed!

There is real want and need in this country and all this absolute waste in a non-agency is criminal. Nothing will be done about it.
No wonder they want to cut our military. We all knew about his organizing for Amerika - this is it.

Why aren´t these payoffs to his political contributors and bundlers more exposed? We all know why - presstitutes and stupid, ill-informed voters.

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