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MrNCN
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11:31 AM on 09/29/2010
This guy is one big "Message On Hold"
Other Tom Coburn highlights:

Sept 2010 - Tom Coburn placed a hold on the Food Safety Modernization Act - a bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to the safety of the food supply.

Sept 2010 - Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and Jim DeMint, R-S.C., have placed a "hold" on a bill that would sell land near the Smithsonian Institution for the National Women's History Museum in a decade-long effort to build a women's history museum in the nation's capital.

Sept 2010 - Coburn has a hold on a bill, backed by conservatives including Senators Sam Brownback and Jim Inhofe, that would provide Uganda money to, among other things, rehabilitate Ugandan former child soldiers.

Nov 2009 - The Senate wants to provide $4 billion to help homecare providers for 6,800 disabled veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. Leaders hoped the measure would sail through on the eve of Veterans Day by unanimous consent, but they got one no vote: Republican Tom Coburn.

Sept 2009 - Coburn has proposed an amendment to the bill that funds the U.S. DOT would block funding for bike and pedestrian paths and other "enhancement" projects

Feb 2009 - Senator Tom Coburn introduced an amendment (Senate Amendment 309 to HR 1 and S. Amdt 98) that would aquarium, zoo, golf course, swimming pool, stadium, community park, museum, theater, art center, and highway beautification project."
11:29 AM on 09/29/2010
This is why I don't donate money. It's hard earned. And as with gambling, which I don't do, I'm not going to throw my money away. I've never had confidence in any, ANY, operation that says it will use the money I give for direct use for people needing it.

I already donate through my taxes and so often it's misused for things like lied-for-wars, to off-set the loss of revenues in order to give the poor top 1% wealthy elite tax breaks and to pick up the check after they've ruined our economy and their businesses.

Providing monies to despotic tyrants in "friendly nations, handing billions to whomever in places like Iraq and Afganistan, the filthy down-trodden rich and for corporate welfare is too much like some new little kid on the block trying to bribe his way into the already established neighborhood group.

Nope. I feel for the people all over the world who're going through disasters. But that is an everyday experience all over the globe and is repeated all too often in the same countries for, often, the same reasons, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, etc.

Folks, this is never ending. Throwing colossal sums of money away to people who have zero interest in helping their fellow human beings in need, well, might as well just throw it into the garbage.
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Steve41
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11:32 AM on 09/29/2010
This article is about government fund alocation not charitable contributions so if you are a tax payer you are indeed donating.
11:39 AM on 09/29/2010
Yes, I did say I already donate through my taxes.

But thanks for underscoring that.
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Stewpendous
11:26 AM on 09/29/2010
I hate to say it but I am glad they haven't gotten the money. From stories I read and watched the food and supplies that are in Haiti are sitting in warehouses and are not be distributed to the citizens. So that make me wonder whats going to happen to the American tax money that are government sends there? Will it be used to rebuild the country or line the corrupt politicians pockets?

I am all about helping Haiti rebuild their country but I don't believe the money we give their government will ever reach the hurting citizens.
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mercedes79
11:29 AM on 09/29/2010
Yep, that is going on now too, the food they did purchase is STILL sitting there. Unbelieveable.
12:50 PM on 09/29/2010
Ask anybody who's done humanitarian work in Africa. Same thing. Food and clothes will sit until they rot or the warlords take what they want. I've heard active duty soldiers say they never wanted to be involved in it again. Yet, when a castrophic event happens people scream "where's the U.S.??" We came, we went, we saw. We shouldn't go back.
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Texas Aggie
01:21 PM on 09/29/2010
Ok, I've done humanitarian work in Africa. Food and clothes don't sit until they rot. As for corruption, a study done by GTZ, the German equivalent of USAID, showed that while Africans were ripping off refrigerators and window air conditioners, the European and American contractors were ripping off millions of dollars before the money ever arrived in Africa.

And when have American soldiers ever actually been involved in distributing aid? Even in Haiti they were a hindrance rather than a help because they refused to let the aid workers have access to the donated material that the military was sitting on and they prioritized military flights into Haiti and forced the flights bringing in aid to land in the Dominican Republic and truck the stuff in.

I have a serious problem with the meme that the US is so benevolent and unappreciated. If you've ever seen official US in action, it would disgust you. Of the pitiful amount of foreign aid that goes to developing countries, approximately half of it is military aid that must be spent on US manufactured weapons. Of the rest, a lot of it goes to Beltway bandits like Chemonics and Louis Berger that keep the lion's share of the money in their own bank accounts rather than spending it where it is needed. And you rarely find money being allocated on the basis of where it's needed rather than on where the US State Dept. wants to exert its influence.
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OLMEQ
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11:21 AM on 09/29/2010
With ALL the fuss over Wyclef helping during the time of tragedy and drugged out Sean Penn "on the ground".... NOTHING has been done up to this point. Clinton was put in charge of the funds of which none have been distributed. Makes you really understand their real purpose of these devils, to continue destruction of the nation of Haiti. With ALL the aid that poured into Haiti, it isn't Wyclef that should have been investigated.....
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mercedes79
11:30 AM on 09/29/2010
@OLMEG

FANNED, FANNED, FANNED.....Oh so FANNED!!!!

Yet, they condem, implements a character damaging campaign, and slander, Wyclef, who is a black man and a true native of Hatiti and who "truly loves" his people.

Priceless.....

"Do as I say..not as I Do!" .....The Motto rings loud and clear and for another GREEDY, HYPOCRITICAL DAY!

Where is Sean Pean????
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seajewel
11:39 AM on 09/29/2010
Agreed about why all the fuss about Wyclef when this is a much greater issue, but I have to say it sounds like the hold up is tied to the bill that includes adding another coordinator for Haiti...and Bill Clinton has been on the ground personally helping them. So while IMHO I feel Hilary should of, could of stepped up more it sounds like the real problem is much bigger. Hilary by not outing the people in charge of the bill they claim needs to be passed, has made herself look bad.

HUFFINGTON POST YOU NEED TO PUT THIS FRONT AND CENTER RIGHT NEXT TO BROTHER CAN YOU SPARE A BILLION!! This is no small problem that money is being held up while people live under tarps dying.
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Peaceride
Let your freak flag fly.
11:49 AM on 09/29/2010
I agree 100% ... why in the heck is this not the main headline?!?!?!?
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rougebaisers
11:20 AM on 09/29/2010
Does that include all the donations we made or just from our bankrupt government?
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mercedes79
11:29 AM on 09/29/2010
Both
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Steve41
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11:33 AM on 09/29/2010
No, this article is strictly about government funds.
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Steve41
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11:31 AM on 09/29/2010
This refers to strictly government, private donations you would have to check for each individual charity. Clinton/Bush Haiti for example has passed out about 2% of what they have collected so far, but keep in mind some of these charities have their funds earmarked for certain purposes whether reconstruction, education, agricultural, infrastructure etc. and as such might not have a place to put significant amounts of the funds until more progress is made there.
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mercedes79
11:18 AM on 09/29/2010
Excuses, excuses, add in those charities that are hording citizens donations COLLECTING INTEREST (Reported by CNN anchor; Anderson)

Yet, they condem, implements a character damaging campaign, and slander, Wyclef, who is a black man and a true native of Hatiti and who "truly loves" his people.

Priceless.....

"Do as I say..not as I Do!" .....The Motto rings loud and clear and for another GREEDY, HYPOCRITICAL DAY!

Where is Sean Pean????

I am waiting....

Usual...all I hear is crickets....
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mercedes79
11:14 AM on 09/29/2010
Excuses, excuses, add in those charities that are hording citizens donations COLLECTING INTEREST (Reported by CNN anchor; Anderson)

Yet, they condem, implements a character assassination campaign, and slander, Wyclef, who is a black man and a true native of Hatiti and who "truly loves" his people.

Priceless.....

"Do as I say..not as I Do!" .....The Motto rings loud and clear and for another GREEDY, HYPOCRITICAL DAY!

Where is Sean Pean????

I am waiting....

Usual...all I hear is crickets....
11:06 AM on 09/29/2010
This delay is indefensible but spending five million dollars on another unnecessary bureaucrat instead of using that money for the rebuilding effort is absurd. We are told that this "new coordinator" in Washington is needed to develop a "rebuilding strategy" and that the coordinator and his/her staff will cost five million dollars over five years. What a perfect example of needless bureaucracy and an improvident use of funds.

The rebuilding strategy that is needed in Haiti should be fairly simple and straight-forward and should already be in place. No special coordinator is needed to figure out what the Haitians need; they need housing, utilities, hospitals, clinics, schools, roads, bridges, commercial buildings, government buildings, etc. Get the debris out, prioritize each need, set a schedule, keep a damn close eye on where the dollars are being used, and get going...now!
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mercedes79
11:18 AM on 09/29/2010
FANNED
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BHD
The last great Victorian thinker.
11:38 AM on 09/29/2010
Valid point. Hell, I'd do the job of being the go-to guy on this project for my current job salary. Done. $4,750,000 over a 5 year span. I'll use that money to build a water and sewage treatment plant. Problem solved, took me 30 seconds. I have NO idea why there is even an "expert" requirement in these things. Feed the hungry, house the homeless, micro-loans to people to rebuild their farms and personally owned businesses (NO corporations or multinationals need apply, I'm talking "I need 20 dollars to buy a mule") Why is it so hard?
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mtgurl
10:52 AM on 09/29/2010
Charity starts at home and they shouldn't get another penny.
11:14 AM on 09/29/2010
Satan, is that you?
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lakat
Haiti lives.
11:24 AM on 09/29/2010
Considering we made the mess in Haiti, we should fix it. I know you won't understand what I'm saying because you won't be interested in reading what has REALLY been going on but I'm calling you out on your poor position. If you want to stiff programs and keep the money at home, how about insisting that we stop spending money on wars that only serve to make the rich richer and ironically, make our security weaker?
10:52 AM on 09/29/2010
"We are the world..."
10:52 AM on 09/29/2010
I also read somewhere that the Red Cross was not sending 100% of the money they collected either. They did the same thing with 911. It's just wrong to ask people to donate and not follow thru on sending 100% to that particular cause.

http://sfbayview.com/2010/the-red-cross-collected-255-million-for-haiti-relief-effort-but-only-sent-80-million/
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mercedes79
11:16 AM on 09/29/2010
Yep, so true........the haters are busy throwing mud at Wyclef, which is a small fish in this large pool of coruption of donating funds to charities and they are hording the money in their bank accounts collecting interest why people are dying.

Its BS.
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11:21 AM on 09/29/2010
The American Cancer Society functions the same way. Only a very small portion of donations actually gets to its intended end.
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10:51 AM on 09/29/2010
I bet if Preval gave all of the reconstruction contracts to KBR, Bechtel and Fluor that money would jump to attention and overnight itself into the various contractors bank accounts, and plans would be drafted. If he committed additional capital and borrowed freely from the IMF to commit to overages, that money would fly with god's speed.
12:01 PM on 09/29/2010
President Rene Preval? BILL CLINTON & JEAN-MAX BELLERIVE are Co-Chairs of the "Interim Haiti Reconstruction Commission" with the special mandate to oversee RECONSTRUCTION.
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12:18 PM on 09/29/2010
I don't understand your point, are you saying the Haitian government doesn't have a say in their reconstruction plan? Are you suggesting that the two people you named have exclusive control over US aid funds? I'd like to understand so clarify if you could.
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suzc
Speak the Truth, even if your voice shakes
10:16 AM on 10/01/2010
Preval built himself a taj mahal while his people starved in the streets.

Preval's money is no doubt offshore and safe. Preval is incompetent at governing.

If we're going to help a country, we need decent partners in that country. (Look at Afghanistan for instance; no help there.) I think we should maybe work through the successful Dom Rep next door.
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10:31 AM on 10/01/2010
Well we ousted those guys back in Bush I and Clinton I. Preval is everything the US loves, corrupt and easily influenced. If he hands the reigns over to US contractors, the money flows, that's the way the world works. That way the aid money never has to hit Haitian bank accounts, it can go directly from US reserves to the pockets of the highest bidding engineering firms, and of course by highest bidding, I'm talking about political contributions not project budgets, those are irrelevant and likely to have huge overruns that will be financed by new Haitian debt if they are to be completed.

Preval will be able to shave money off the operations still, if he plays his cards right he can make out like a bandit and live the "Baby Doc" dream.
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suzc
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10:50 AM on 09/29/2010
This story says we've already spent over a billion in Haiti. So I guess this is a second billion-plus they're looking for.

What happened to the first billion? Who's pocket is it in?

And while I do think we need to help in our own backyard, there are still hungry children in this country too. And everything the US Govt does now is on money borrowed from the Chinese.

I guess I'd rather give to charities working in Haiti than have US-debt fund anything more. Less chance of it ending in Swiss bank accounts?
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BHD
The last great Victorian thinker.
11:16 AM on 09/29/2010
I was wondering that too, a billion dollars spent even close to correctly could have fixed the problem. I'd want to know what the 1st billion bought before I gave another check to any charity there. I have a suspicion it made 1000 people somewhere a millionaire.
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mercedes79
11:19 AM on 09/29/2010
Thats what I think.
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lakat
Haiti lives.
11:30 AM on 09/29/2010
The money NEVER went to help the poor of Haiti. Even the food is locked up and rotting rather than give it to people who are starving. Just like in New Orleans, they are waiting until maximum death occurs so they can gentrify the area. Poor black people are not worthy of spending money on them. Believe me, the whole value of Haiti is the poor masses and their culture. The rich people of Haiti could disappear and Haiti would thrive. I wish they would!
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suzc
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09:55 AM on 10/01/2010
There was a woman on Jon Stewart the other night with a book called something like The Crisis Connection on what happens to charitable giving (much or most of it goes into pockets of various officials and others instead of where it is meant to go). She talked at length of Haiti. You'd be interested I think.
10:40 AM on 09/29/2010
Does this not surprise any person of colour?
That how the U.S. government reacts when you are darker skinned!

Black farmers waiting on funds from U.S. congress
http://www.shreveporttimes.com/article/20100912/NEWS01/9120312/La-black-farmers-waiting-on-funds
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mercedes79
11:19 AM on 09/29/2010
Yep,

Excuses, excuses, add in those charities that are hording citizens donations COLLECTING INTEREST (Reported by CNN anchor; Anderson)

Yet, they condem, implements a character assassination campaign, and slander, Wyclef, who is a black man and a true native of Hatiti and who "truly loves" his people.

Priceless.....

"Do as I say..not as I Do!" .....The Motto rings loud and clear and for another GREEDY, HYPOCRITICAL DAY!

Where is Sean Pean????

I am waiting....

Usual...all I hear is crickets....
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mercedes79
11:20 AM on 09/29/2010
Excuses, excuses, add in those charities that are hording citizens donations COLLECTING INTEREST (Reported by CNN anchor; Anderson)

Yet, they condem, implements a character damaging campaign, and slander, Wyclef, who is a black man and a true native of Hatiti and who "truly loves" his people.

Priceless.....

"Do as I say..not as I Do!" .....The Motto rings loud and clear and for another GREEDY, HYPOCRITICAL DAY!

Where is Sean Pean????

I am waiting....
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seajewel
11:43 AM on 09/29/2010
I'm going to flag you if you say this one more time.
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lakat
Haiti lives.
11:07 AM on 10/01/2010
Wyclef is a true man of Wyclef.
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garymc8
Warren 2016. Lets D-(R) america one state at a ti
10:38 AM on 09/29/2010
lunatic left? How mature of the party who denigrates all but the PATHOLOGICAl lying hypochristians. educatetheleft must have been homskoold in Texas.