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Obama's Earmarks: $1 Million for Wife's Hospital
NewsMax ^ | March 14, 2008 | Jim Meyers

Posted on 03/14/2008 5:44:40 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Presidential hopeful Barack Obama has released a list of $740 million in earmark requests he made in the past three years, and it includes $1 million for the hospital where his wife Michelle is a vice president.

The request for $1 million for the University of Chicago Medical Center was to help pay for construction of a new pavilion.

“I can tell you with 100 percent certainty that Michelle Obama was not part of our lobbying over the request, not in any way,” Kelly Sullivan, another vice president at the medical center, told the New York Times.

In any case, the 2006 request for the hospital was not approved by the Senate, as was about $7 out of every $10 the Illinois senator asked for in earmarks.

Bud he did manage to secure $1.3 million for a high-explosive technology program for the Army’s Bradley Fighting Vehicle. The program was overseen by General Dynamics, and one of Obama’s top supporters, James Crown — a member of Obama’s national finance committee — serves on the board of General Dynamics.

Obama also secured a $750,000 earmark for renovation of a space center named for Crown’s grandfather, Henry Crown, at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

And Obama secured several million dollars for a project at Chicago State University. Illinois State Senate President Emil Jones Jr., a close personal friend of Obama and one of his benefactors, has been a strong supporter of Chicago State, according to the Times.

Other earmarks sought and secured by Obama include more than $10 million for a military arsenal in Rock Island, several million dollars for research on soybean disease and livestock genes, and $100,000 for after-school programs at the Chicago Jesuit Academy.

Michelle Obama is on leave from her job while her husband campaigns for president, but after Barack was elected to congress, she received a big raise.

USA Today reports that officials at the University of Chicago Hospitals told the Chicago Tribune that Michelle is "worth her weight in gold."

"She's terrific," added Michael Riordan, who was president of the hospital in March 2005, when Michelle Obama was promoted to vice president for external affairs and had her annual salary increased from $121,910 to $316,962.

Hospitals spokesman John Easton told the Tribune that Michelle Obama's salary is in line with those of the 16 other vice presidents at the not-for-profit medical center.


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Another nail in his political coffin: Change my a$$, sounds like some good ol' Chicago sleaze to me!
1 posted on 03/14/2008 5:44:41 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Can you say graft and corruption? Chicago style?


2 posted on 03/14/2008 5:49:27 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Does this explain why wifey got the $195,000 pay increase?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwjnT4eJJvs


3 posted on 03/14/2008 5:50:58 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 1 John 4:15, John 11:25, John 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“I can tell you with 100 percent certainty that Michelle Obama was not part of our lobbying over the request, not in any way,” Kelly Sullivan, another vice president at the medical center, told the New York Times

4 posted on 03/14/2008 5:52:10 PM PDT by Krankor (kROGER)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“I can tell you with 100 percent certainty that Michelle Obama was not part of our lobbying over the request, not in any way,” Kelly Sullivan, another vice president at the medical center, told the New York Times.

snort!

5 posted on 03/14/2008 5:52:25 PM PDT by bannie (clintons CHEAT! It's their only weapon.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“I can tell you with 100 percent certainty that Michelle Obama was not part of our lobbying over the request, not in any way,” Kelly Sullivan, another vice president at the medical center, told the New York Times.

Oh no, of course she wasn’t.


6 posted on 03/14/2008 5:52:25 PM PDT by Redgirl (Obama - all hat, no cattle)
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To: All; yldstrk; F15Eagle; Krankor; bannie; Redgirl

Des Moines, Iowa had a similar salary scandal a few years ago at the Central Iowa Employment and Training Consortium (CIETC)
http://www.kcci.com/news/8537885/detail.html

Democrats there, too...


7 posted on 03/14/2008 5:58:28 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (http://www.fourfriedchickensandacoke.blogspot.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This hospital has 16 VPs who each earn 300k a year?
That is $4.8 million on exec salaries. I sure wouldn’t give them contributions..


8 posted on 03/14/2008 6:02:27 PM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: Oldexpat
"I sure wouldn’t give them contributions.."

Whaddaya mean? You already gave them a million dollars (that we know of!)

9 posted on 03/14/2008 6:05:02 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (http://www.fourfriedchickensandacoke.blogspot.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
2005 thru 2008, $300k a year ..... yup that's about a million.

Obama earmarked a mill for himself!

10 posted on 03/14/2008 6:18:50 PM PDT by John Jamieson
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To: John Jamieson

Nobama has not released his earmarks from the state senate.
More dirt coming.
Bismark was correct, you do not want to see legislation being made.
Looking forward to the dims nominating this disaster, the guy is going to make mcgovern look normal.


11 posted on 03/14/2008 6:34:29 PM PDT by genghis
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Digusting!


12 posted on 03/14/2008 7:09:25 PM PDT by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: lilylangtree

Preach it, Sister!


13 posted on 03/14/2008 7:10:50 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (http://www.fourfriedchickensandacoke.blogspot.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
In any case, the 2006 request for the hospital was not approved by the Senate

First, I know we don't like the guy, so I expected to find a "bridge to nowhere"..and intended to pass it on, then upon reading the story and researching a little found it sadly paled to the long term relationship with Rev. Wright's hate white USAKKK speech, Black Jesus, Chickens Come Home to Roost-9/11 etc.

The earmarks were nothing highly irregular or unusual, compared to requests by other politicians in our other states for science, industry, military contracts,hospitals,fishing industry, study of the sex life of the fruit fly, etc., in other states. They also benefit not a select few but all of the citizens of every community in Illinois.

University of Chicago Medical Center : Noted: Turned Down.The request for $1 million for the University of Chicago Medical Center was to help pay for construction of a pavilion that could increase its capacity for treating patients by one-third."
(But one of the best medical centers in the country, if I were seriously ill, would be one of the first I would pick!)

$1.3 million for a high-explosive technology program for the Army’s Bradley Fighting Vehicle.(Military)

$10 million for a military arsenal in Rock Island.(Military)

Several million dollars for research on soybean disease (farming big business soybeans/corn trade off on same Midwest land use) and livestock genes.

$100,000 for after-school programs at the Chicago Jesuit Academy.

Several million dollars for a project at Chicago State University (we don't know what that is)

$750,000 earmark for renovation of a space center named for Crown’s grandfather, Henry Crown, at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. (Awesome, place if you have never been there for the whole family/schools/educational)Crown, by the way, is a major benefactor, and mentor for a family circle that extends to the Northwestern community, the city of Chicago, and the Jewish community worldwide.

Beginning of Quote:"Senator Barack Obama on Thursday released a list of $740 million in earmarked spending requests that he had made over the last three years, and his campaign challenged Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to do the same."

In 2006, Obama sought, but did not secure, $900,000 for a "Go Girl Go" sports initiative aimed at discouraging socially risky behavior in teenage girls by encouraging them to pursue physical activities. The group was founded by the former tennis star Billie Jean King. But King has endorsed Clinton for president.

"Based on the release by his campaign, Mr. Obama was able to obtain only about $3 out of every $10 he requested....BY SENATE APPROVAL

Kelly M. Sullivan, the medical center’s vice president for communications and marketing, noted that Mr. Obama had also requested money for a number of other hospitals in Illinois, and she said any lobbying for the money had been handled by the hospital’s government-affairs officials...."I can tell you with 100 percent certainty that Michelle Obama was not part of our lobbying over the request, not in any way,” Ms. Sullivan said. She said the hospital’s lobbyists often seek help on their own from both of the state’s senators."(End of Quote)

Mrs. Obama's VP salary is not out of line when you see the amounts of money sort after and actually raised for these Institutions/Medical/BioTech to stay tops in their fields See Example University of Chicago Information"

Obama and Mrs. O are invited to every fund raising event one might imagine, because of who they are; but the major benefactors, foundations with a history of aid to any community profect are higher on the list for contributions.

14 posted on 03/14/2008 7:25:40 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: Oldexpat
I wonder how much they pay the VP of custodial operations.
And the VP of laundry operations. And VP of, forget it.
15 posted on 03/14/2008 7:28:57 PM PDT by MaxMax (I need a life after politics)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; informavoracious; larose; RJR_fan; Prospero; Conservative Vermont Vet; ...
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16 posted on 03/14/2008 7:31:29 PM PDT by narses (...the spirit of Trent is abroad once more.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
All we need now is for Obama to get caught with a $4K/hour whore and he's toast! ;-)
17 posted on 03/14/2008 7:37:42 PM PDT by Digital Sniper (Hello, "Undocumented Immigrant." I'm an "Undocumented Border Patrol Agent.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This will hurt even more than his terrorist “pastor”.


18 posted on 03/14/2008 7:53:03 PM PDT by ryan71
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To: ryan71
This will hurt even more than his terrorist “pastor”.

Read #14

This is soft serve vanilla" compared to 20 years relationship with Rev. Wright and Trinity, Rev Farrakhan, Rezko trial, even Mrs. O on her "slip up" "now proud to be an American" statement.

There is absolutely nothing in this "earmark" story, with links to the sources for clarification, that is any different than what any other of our beloved chosen legislators have done from and for our own states.

Today, I got an e-mail on Social Security for Illegals. So I check the source through Snopes. What had escaped my mind over all this Gottcha Politics of Obama scandals was McCain voting Yea for social security for Illegals.

Now, what we have here after the dust has cleared from a rush to choose delegates and push fast and furious through the caucuses are people after the fact, bailing ship away from Obama, Mrs. C now seen as their option; but that's not a happy path of progress either. Conservatives are not happy to be represented by McCain (illegal immigration), but told they should be by the Powers of Politics including our own President. Everyone (I should underscore it several times) I talk to, can't find a reason to be satisfied with any candidate. Democrats are turning to McCain. Republicans are considering crossing over... So what are we to do?

Obama, Clinton, McCain & Nader?

However, there is ignorance or just plain stupidity of subjects on both sides. I wish there was not as much on ours. I think that even frustrates me more!

Fight_truth_decay!

19 posted on 03/14/2008 9:01:20 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My house needs a new pavilion, and I need a grand or so for cattle futures.

Plus, if the taxpayers could throw in 5 bucks for Powerball, I would appreciate it. TIA!


20 posted on 03/14/2008 9:19:56 PM PDT by GnuHere
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The request for $1 million for the University of Chicago Medical Center was to help pay for construction of a new pavilion.

A new pavilion sounds nice. But, it is simply not the job of the Federal Government, or should I say, the Federal Income Tax Payer to build it.

And, this is true for the rest of the billions spent in this way.

21 posted on 03/15/2008 8:52:38 AM PDT by Barnacle (Reagan Republicanism R.I.P.)
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To: GnuHere; 2ndDivisionVet
My house needs a new pavilion, and I need a grand or so for cattle futures....Plus, if the taxpayers could throw in 5 bucks for Powerball, I would appreciate it. TIA!

I find it unfortunate the total ignorance you see expressed on some of these threads.

The Pavilian is describe about here and I will add a little history as well. That proposed center would treat 1/3 more patients and be devoted to complex specialty care, with a focus on cancer and advanced surgical programs. These top hospitals in the country are used by patients from all over the country and other parts of the world. This is not, as I explained above another bridge to nowhere. We are tops in the world for research, new discoveries in medicine because of centers like the University of Chicago Hospitals. Their Department of Radiation and Cellular Oncology is one of the top in the world, where they doctors have written books used by Medical students in that field.

Many types of cancers are now curable, because of research centers like the one in discussion. There are approximately a dozen Cooperative Groups conducting over 5,000 clinical trials in the US. These Groups publish their cancer research results nationally and internationally. The Cooperative Groups, like at the University of Chicago Hospitals are part of a network of organizations comprised of leading academic medical facilities and cancer research physicians throughout the United States who collaborate on developing new cancer treatment strategies and conduct clinical trials.

The Comer Children's Hospital Comer-University of Chicago is a state-of-the-art children's hospital. Remember the Ronald McDonald's House for those visiting their children, etc? Well in 2007 they opened a grand new addition. A 22-bedroom, 30,000-square-foot House brought the end to the charity's three-year period of temporary residence while the University of Chicago Medical Center and the charity undertook expansion projects to enhance their ability to serve families and patients (neurology, oncology/hematology, cardiology, neonatology, transplantation..) with more complicated medical needs and long term hospital stays. Chidren heal better in environments such as this.

No more preaching. I hoped you learned something. Causes that I feel strongly about. Our children should have everything available so they can live a long healthy life.

But you would rather make jokes about a pavilion for your home and 5 bucks for Powerball. haaha..great joke.

I hope you have never lost a loved one to cancer. That is why I am sensitive on this point specifically. I hope all will donate when they can to projects such as these. Barbara Bush has a Children's cancer wing in Portland, Maine and Actor, Patrick Dempsey has just very generously supported another cancer wing in Lewiston, Maine with "time and money". Private donations through "experienced fund raising" professional individuals, appeals to the government is just part of the hope for help process. Whether the donations be 50 million from well known secured benefactors or just $1 in change from a little child, they all keep all these projects moving forward.

Hope you win at Powerball,(really) "life is good". Sadly, life will never be as good for others.

22 posted on 03/15/2008 11:27:24 AM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay

Please point out the passage in the United State Constitution that authorizes the federal government to build private hospitals with tax monies.


23 posted on 03/15/2008 11:30:01 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (http://www.fourfriedchickensandacoke.blogspot.com)
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To: F15Eagle

You forgot this to go with:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeC8BE-2T_k&feature=related


24 posted on 03/15/2008 11:47:30 AM PDT by AliVeritas
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To: Barnacle
this is true for the rest of the billions spent in this way.

Read #22..then compare that to the billions we send overseas, never to be seen again-to little punk dictators, and at one time-up until 9/11, the Taliban with $43 million in aid for its actions in banning the cultivation of poppy used to produce heroin and opium, etc. Obama has helped sponsored a bill to do just that. The bill, called the Global Poverty Act, is the type of legislation, "We can – and must – make … a priority," as OB, a co-sponsor. The cost? $845 billion over the next 13 years above what we already spend on foreign aid.

Remember his newly visited African village was flooded by diversions of swamp-water by an American Company Dominion and there were pleas for his help. Humanitarian groups took up their cause.

"The current flooding in south Bunyala was reported in the media a result of "the diversion of water" from Dominion swamp.

Obama never mentioned this again after returning from his visit to his native homeland (sic). I have always wondered if Dominion Group was anyway connected with Obama financially..but have not had the time to do the research.

Dominion Farms Ltd, an affiliate of the USA-based Dominion Group, based in Oklahoma, USA moved into the swamp through an arrangement with the Lake Basin Development Authority (LBDA). Dominion Group controls investments across the globe. The company operates luxury corporate hotels, is involved in modification of corporate aircrafts, ownership and operation of corporate aircraft, construction of houses and offices to be leased by the US government, manufacture of athletic dress and socks, correctional services and other businesses spanning several countries."

"The initial proposal was that Dominion would engage in rice production, in part of the swamp covering about 2,300 ha. This land portion had been reclaimed before 1970, and previously used by LBDA for agricultural activity. Dominion embarked on large-scale agricultural activities in the swamp following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Councils of Siaya and Bondo in May 2003."

I replied to you separately, as you might understand WHY after reading "my attitude" comment #22. ;)

Have a good day,
Fight_Truth_Decay

25 posted on 03/15/2008 11:56:23 AM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay

“No more preaching. I hoped you learned something.

But you would rather make jokes about a pavilion for your home and 5 bucks for Powerball. haaha..great joke.

I hope you have never lost a loved one to cancer.”

Yes, I have lost multiple ppl to cancer. No, I didn’t learn anything from your lengthy sermon, because I only read the parts insulting me. Yes, I would like to make a silly joke and be flippant without being preached at - now, because I am so callous, all medical research will cease!? (And I thought Michell Obama had a chip on her shoulder!)


26 posted on 03/15/2008 12:03:58 PM PDT by GnuHere
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
passage in the United State Constitution

You know the answer to that, so why ask? Is that the best you got?

Not the point, which you completely miss. This project, like so many others, will get build from the help of people who understand the needs of others in this country, no matter what their race, creed, status in life may be. We are just so accustomed to having billions of our tax money thrown down some meaningless "spider hole" that many of our self serving politicians pick.

Sometimes they might pick on the side of the angels, but most times they do not.

If you don't get it, you don't get it.

Earmarks should be eliminated, we would all agree. However to my point aforementioned, medical research funding seems to be ignored as H.R. 2764 included only a small increase of 0.46% for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), even though the President signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act for 2008.

Have a good day.

27 posted on 03/15/2008 12:18:11 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; All
In any case, the 2006 request for the hospital was not approved by the Senate, as was about $7 out of every $10 the Illinois senator asked for in earmarks.

Regardless that Obama's request for the hospital was not approved, it remains that constitutional "expert" Obama is clueless that his request was based on non-existent federal government powers in the first place.

This post (<-click), although addressing a tax-related issue, explains in more detail why misguided politicians like Obama are actually in contempt of the Constitution that they have sworn to defend, a consequence of unthinkingly following in the footsteps of FDR's dirty federal spending politics.

The bottom line is that the people need to reconnect with the intentions of the Founders as reflected by the Constitution and its history. The people need to wise up to the very serious problem that the federal government is not operating within the restraints of the federal Constitution as evidenced by constitutionally unauthorized federal spending. The people need to quit sitting on their hands and petition big-shot federal spenders like Obama to resign from their jobs as opposed to trying to put people like him in the Oval Office.

28 posted on 03/15/2008 12:23:55 PM PDT by Amendment10
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To: GnuHere
I only read the parts insulting me

Yes, I understand, you do not read in depth. I hate to say it was in very small part about YOU. But I will take with me, if you had known the "facts" you would not have been as flippant about Powerball and what the pavilion was about...adding to one's deck.

Sorry for your losses. I want the best possible care for all of us in the country. I do not mean to insult you, but you started with a chip, only because you could not see past the name OBAMA.

Politics, on both sides, can so easily blind from all the twisted (new and old) media rhetoric day dished out 24/7; and takes away from the enormous importance of many pressing issues.

When facts are distorted on our side, it makes us no better than our adversary.

29 posted on 03/15/2008 12:30:57 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: Amendment10
..but only to pay the debts or provide for the welfare of the Union. In like manner, they are not to do anything they please to provide for the general welfare, but only to lay taxes for that purpose. To consider the latter phrase, not as describing the purpose of the first, but as giving a distinct and independent power to do any act they please, which might be for the good of the Union, would render all the preceding and subsequent enumerations of power completely useles

"..proposals to allocate $400 billion to purchase foreclosed-upon and now-abandoned homes" ;)

..See what happens when one starts out with " A chicken in every pot and a car in every garage" promise? (Herbert Hoover Campaign)

30 posted on 03/15/2008 12:44:42 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: AliVeritas

excellent - shows him to be the typical double-talking politician he denounces


31 posted on 03/15/2008 3:01:32 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 1 John 4:15, John 11:25, John 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13)
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To: Digital Sniper
All we need now is for Obama to get caught with a $4K/hour whore and he's toast! ;-)

Yeah, $317,000/yr works out to only about $152/hour.

32 posted on 03/16/2008 3:13:34 AM PDT by Gondring (I'll give up my right to die when hell freezes over my dead body!)
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To: Gondring

ROTFLOL! :~)


33 posted on 03/16/2008 7:08:16 AM PDT by Digital Sniper (Hello, "Undocumented Immigrant." I'm an "Undocumented Border Patrol Agent.")
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