In Chicago there are many ‘ghost’ jobs. It’s payback to the Union for the votes. It’s called the ‘Democratic machine’. Like the garbage truck that comes around and has ‘three guys’ on the truck, but in reality, there’s really only two guys that show up every Tuesday and Thursday to collect the garbage. The other ‘guy’ on the job – is just a ‘ghost’, but ALL THREE get paid. Everybody on the job knew it existed and went along with it.
It seems Obama took this ‘Democratic machine’ mentality to a whole new level. His administration created ‘ghost’ soldiers and policeman jobs in Afghanistan. Guess who’s paying their salaries?…The good ole’ U.S. of A – to the tune of over $300 million a year!
H/T Conservative Tribune:
Millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars were being foolishly wasted paying for the salaries of non-existent “ghost” soldiers and policemen in Afghanistan under the Obama administration, but no more.
According to the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, John Sopko, who recently sat down for an interview with Sharyl Attkinson of Full Measure, the ongoing problem may have been worse than anyone realized, but was being addressed by President Donald Trump’s Pentagon.
“We’ve been raising this concern about ghosts going back a number of years,” stated Sopko. “Actually I want to say we heard about it from (Afghan President) Ashraf Ghani years ago, before he became president, he warned me about ‘ghosts,’ so we started looking three years ago.”
“What we’re talking about are policemen, Afghan policemen, Afghan military, Afghan civil servants who don’t exist or they have multiple identity cards and we’re paying their salaries,” he explained. “By ‘we’ I mean the United States and the international community. And we started finding out that we had no capacity to measure the number of soldiers, teachers, doctors, military people who we are paying their salaries.”
Fox News reported in October that the fraud could have amounted to more than $300 million annually.
Asked if this indicated fraud had been taking place, Sopko replied: “Major fraud. And what’s happening is the commanders or generals or other higher officials are actually pocketing the salaries of the ghosts.”
“And I remember President Ghani again, at that time he wasn’t president, saying, ‘John, you the United States government are paying the salary of an Afghan who’s a teacher, he’s a civil servant, he’s a doctor, he is a policeman, and he’s a soldier. And it’s the same Afghan. And he doesn’t exist,’” Sopko explained.
Yep! That is EXACTLY Chicago style politics or the ‘Democratic machine’ in action. Looks like Obama learned a thing or two in Chicago and took it to a whole new level. Just like in Chicago, the upper management collects or pockets the ‘extra’ money from all the ghost jobs created.
“It’s not just the salaries,” he added. “But we’re funding schools based upon the number of students, so if you invent or inflate the number of students, you’re going to be paying more money. On the soldiers and the police, we’re paying for extra boots, for food, for everything else, logistics for numbers that don’t exist.”
(In 2015, John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR))
Sopko had alerted the Pentagon on numerous occasions to what he had discovered in 2016, but little was done to address the issue by the administration of President Barack Obama, though Fox News reported that the Pentagon had stated at the time that they would soon implement certain measures to try and combat the rampant fraud bilking U.S. taxpayers of hundreds of millions of dollars.
Guided by the new no-nonsense leadership of the Defense Department under Trump, it would appear that those measures, among many others, were being implemented in Afghanistan with measurable results.
According to the Independent Journal Review, Attkinsson noted that the Pentagon had implemented a biometric system that checked such things as fingerprints, photographs and even blood type in an effort to obtain “proof of life” of Afghan service members in order to weed out the non-existent “ghosts” that have cost taxpayers so much.
In fact, the Pentagon claimed that it had already enrolled in the program “up to 95 percent of the Afghan police and 70-80 percent of soldiers” in the Afghan National Army.
So, that really tells you that 20-30 % of the soldiers and probably other jobs too, were ‘ghosts’ that the U.S. was paying salaries for. Imagine this happening for over 3 years in the Obama administration. Insanity. The U.S. hard working taxpayers were footing the bill for these ‘ghosts’ thanks to Obama and his no accountability, Chicago-style politics in action.
Well, on several occasions President Trump has said he inherited ‘a mess’. It’s a mess alright. – at home and abroad, a big fat, Chicago ‘Democratic Machine’ mess.
Back in 2015, John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR), accused the Task Force for Business and Stability Operations (TFBSO) of “poorly planned and ill-conceived projects” in Afghanistan.
TFBSO, a division of the Pentagon established in 2006 to “stabilize” the post-invasion Afghan and Iraqi economy, had spent some $800 million on development projects over a five-year period.
Inaccurate and unreliable data on Afghan security personnel may place America’s security and billions of U.S. taxpayer funds at risk, pointed out SIGAR in April 2015, noting that the United States has spent nearly $70 billion to recruit, train, equip, house, feed, supply, and pay the salaries of the ANDSF, including those of “hollow” Afghan brigades that did not really exist.
Now ask yourself, WHO is going to be held accountable for ALL this FRAUD and corruption??…Obama? Former Secretary of Defense, Ash Carter? Anybody?
Let’s hope President Trump keeps cleaning up Obama’s mess. It IS one ‘BIG League’ mess and it’s going to take some time to clean it up. At least, American taxpayers can be grateful that the ‘Chicago-style’ politics and ‘Democratic machine’ mess IS getting cleaned up. Can you imagine if Hillary Clinton would have followed in Obama’s footsteps as president?….Well, let’s just say it would have looked like another ‘Big League’ Michael Madigan or ‘Chicago Democratic Machine’ mess.