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By John R. Bolton
The president fiddles at his domestic altar while the world burns
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Leslie Paige
Vice President Joseph R. Biden has had no qualms collecting the $2,200 a month he charges the Secret Service for its use of a small building on his Delaware property amid the belt-tightening sequester.
Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., the landlord, can count on at least 12 more months of rental income from the agency that protects his life.
The U.S. Department of State has bought more than $70,000 worth of books authored by President Obama, sending out copies as Christmas gratuities and stocking "key libraries" around the world with "Dreams From My Father" more than a decade after its release.
U.S. taxpayers risk losing more than a half-billion dollars from the collapse of solar-panel maker Solyndra Inc., but former Massachusetts Gov. William F. Weld and his associates stand to earn a windfall in fees representing the bankrupt company in coming months.
The U.S. Secret Service does more than protect Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. — the agency also pays him rent.
As a thank-you to its most famous customer, Amtrak is renaming the train station in Wilmington, Del., after stimulus "sheriff" Vice President Joseph R. Biden — after the project received $20 million in stimulus money and came in $5.7 million over the initial announced budget.
Federal investigators were stymied in two separate probes to uncover corruption involving U.S. aid to Iraq, thanks to an Iraqi amnesty law that allowed the suspects to avoid justice.
After a two-week binge to meet President Obama's 200-day goal, stimulus spending has plummeted once again - and the roller-coaster pace of spending has critics worried about how the money is being spent.
Leslie Paige, a spokeswoman for Citizens Against Government Waste, said the latest lease extension seems "insulting" at a time when so much of the rest of the government is slashing spending because of the sequester.
"As a longtime government-spending watchdog, our experience says that when you expend such large sums so thoughtlessly, you can all but guarantee that significant portions of this money will be lost and never accounted for," said Leslie Paige, media director at Citizens Against Government Waste. "It is an unconscionable, damaging way to manhandle the taxpayers' dollars. We wish stimulus Inspector General Earl Devaney good luck and Godspeed in trying to track this money."