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Walpin Is Cleared
Investors.com ^ | November 24, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff

Posted on 11/24/2009 5:54:55 PM PST by Kaslin

Oversight: After an unjust firing and campaign of character assassination, the former AmeriCorps inspector general has been cleared of acting improperly. Now where does he go to get his job and reputation back?

On June 10, Gerald Walpin was fired with one hour's notice as the watchdog of AmeriCorps in violation of a federal law requiring Congress to be given a heads-up 30 days in advance. He then fell victim to a campaign of character assassination.

When pressed for a reason for the sudden and improper dismissal of a federal watchdog, the White House responded with a letter to Sens. Joseph Lieberman and Susan Collins, respectively the chairman and ranking Republican on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, from Norm Eisen, special counsel to President Obama.

The letter said Walpin's firing was at the unanimous request of the AmeriCorps board of directors. It described a May 20, 2009, board meeting where the 77-year-old Walpin "was confused, disoriented and unable to answer questions and exhibited behavior that led the board to question his capacity to serve."

Had this occurred in private industry, no doubt the administration's EEOC would have filed an age discrimination suit. Walpin was fully competent and a congressional hearing with Walpin testifying would have shown that. He wasn't guilty of exceeding his authority either. Something else was afoot.

It seems that Walpin did a very bad thing — his job. He followed the money and discovered that part of hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal AmeriCorps funds given to St. Hope Academy in Sacramento, Calif., had been misspent on questionable activities.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Front Page News; Government
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1 posted on 11/24/2009 5:54:55 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: alrea; bareford101; BerniesFriend; blaveda; Bookwoman; Celeste732; dsc; fanfan; Faux_Pas; ...

2 posted on 11/24/2009 5:56:22 PM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for 0bama: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin
Walpin is an African-American, career government employee and a Democrat.
3 posted on 11/24/2009 6:00:57 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: Kaslin

This was a cover-up from the get-go. Walpin was getting too close to the truth.


4 posted on 11/24/2009 6:01:38 PM PST by SteelTrap
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To: Kaslin

I am glad he was cleared, now let’s fire Obama over this!


5 posted on 11/24/2009 6:02:09 PM PST by blueyon (It is worth taking a stand even if you are standing alone!)
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To: Kaslin; Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...
The list, ping

How convenient. Just as the weekend comes.

6 posted on 11/24/2009 6:02:29 PM PST by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

light-skinned dude?


7 posted on 11/24/2009 6:03:25 PM PST by gusopol3
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To: Kaslin
Now where does he go to get his job and reputation back?

Which reputation - his reputation with government bureaucrats and their media sycophants or his reputation with the American people?

Well, don't answer that. He never lost his reputation with real Americans.

8 posted on 11/24/2009 6:03:40 PM PST by The Duke (Socialism is cool until somebody loses their paycheck.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

“Walpin is an African-American, career government employee and a Democrat. “

You are joking correct?


9 posted on 11/24/2009 6:03:47 PM PST by blueyon (It is worth taking a stand even if you are standing alone!)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Wonder how long he’ll remain a Democrat???


10 posted on 11/24/2009 6:03:55 PM PST by goodnesswins (Become a Precinct Committee Person/Officer....in the GOP...or do NOT complain.)
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To: Kaslin
Considering the many fraudulent and fruitless ways stimulus money has been spent, and the dishonest reports of job creation, we're going to need more honest watchdogs like Gerald Walpin.

Yes we will but we'll never get them.

BTW, what action will be taken against the person or persons that illegally fired Walpin? I'd guess nothing.

11 posted on 11/24/2009 6:04:07 PM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

pretty sure he’s a white dude


12 posted on 11/24/2009 6:04:43 PM PST by steel_resolve
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

What?


13 posted on 11/24/2009 6:04:59 PM PST by Third Person ("Fear is the mind killer." -Frank Herbert)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Walpin is mucho honky. I think you meant to refer to the guy he was investigating: Kevin Johnson


14 posted on 11/24/2009 6:04:59 PM PST by SteelTrap
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To: blueyon
Not at all. I saw him give an interview when this flap first hit the news. He is in his 70s, well past retirement age but simply likes his job and doesn't want to retire. He was around inspecting Nixon's shenanigans...
15 posted on 11/24/2009 6:06:24 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: Kaslin

Good for him but it sure took long enough.


16 posted on 11/24/2009 6:06:34 PM PST by azishot
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To: steel_resolve

I thought Beck interviewed him one time. If it’s the guy I remember he’s a white guy in his early 70’s. Still sharp as a tack, though.


17 posted on 11/24/2009 6:06:40 PM PST by woweeitsme
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To: Third Person

oops - I was replying to Kaslin


18 posted on 11/24/2009 6:07:09 PM PST by SteelTrap
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

No Walpin is not.


19 posted on 11/24/2009 6:07:16 PM PST by dforest (Who is the real Jim Thompson? I am.)
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To: azishot

Better late then never


20 posted on 11/24/2009 6:08:36 PM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for 0bama: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: SteelTrap

Crap - there is a ghost in the machine! - replies are going astray! Jimbo - Signal the Mega PERL repair team!


21 posted on 11/24/2009 6:08:59 PM PST by SteelTrap
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To: indylindy

I sure thought he was...


22 posted on 11/24/2009 6:09:25 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

So, what is your point?


23 posted on 11/24/2009 6:09:29 PM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for 0bama: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

Now where does he go to get his reputation back?


24 posted on 11/24/2009 6:10:00 PM PST by ReleaseTheHounds ("The demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.")
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To: Kaslin
Long time government employees of the Democrat stripe are not usually thrown to the lions like Walpin was by the Obamas. He must have really stepped on some important toes.
25 posted on 11/24/2009 6:12:03 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: gusopol3; Eric in the Ozarks
He sure doesn't look African American


26 posted on 11/24/2009 6:14:29 PM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for 0bama: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

Certainly doesn’t. I can’t imagine why I thought he was...


27 posted on 11/24/2009 6:16:44 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: Kaslin

Ethics? We don’t need not steeenking ethics.

It’s all about ethics here. The democrats don’t have any, and don’t want to be held to account for any either.


28 posted on 11/24/2009 6:18:14 PM PST by Bullish
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...
After an unjust firing and campaign of character assassination, the former AmeriCorps inspector general has been cleared of acting improperly. Now where does he go to get his job and reputation back? On June 10, Gerald Walpin was fired with one hour's notice as the watchdog of AmeriCorps in violation of a federal law requiring Congress to be given a heads-up 30 days in advance. He then fell victim to a campaign of character assassination.

29 posted on 11/24/2009 6:19:14 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: Nachum

There was an article out on this this week already. Hidden within the article was this news about Walpin being in the clear. The MSM never headlined this fact.


30 posted on 11/24/2009 6:20:22 PM PST by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

“Walpin is an African-American, career government employee and a Democrat. “

don’t know about his being a democrat or career employee....but I thought he was an elderly white man


31 posted on 11/24/2009 6:22:06 PM PST by blueyon (It is worth taking a stand even if you are standing alone!)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Walpin is an African-American

Looks like a white guy to me.

32 posted on 11/24/2009 6:22:44 PM PST by Bullish
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives
There was an article out on this this week already.

Thanks for that.

Worthy of note.

33 posted on 11/24/2009 6:23:04 PM PST by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks; All
This is according to Wikipedia

Walpin On August 3, 2006, President George W. Bush nominated Walpin as Inspector General (IG) of Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), an office in the CNCS charged with conducting independent and object audits, investigations and inspections of the CNCS and its service programs, which include AmeriCorps, Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) and Senior Corps.[3] After he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 9, 2006, Walpin was sworn in on January 8, 2007.

Source

34 posted on 11/24/2009 6:24:43 PM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for 0bama: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

I saw him on Fox, I think it was....he is white, career gov’t service, and a democrat.


35 posted on 11/24/2009 6:27:54 PM PST by jch10 (It is an ill wind blowing...)
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To: Kaslin
His career goes back to working for Robert Kennedy as a prosecutor in NY.
36 posted on 11/24/2009 6:30:44 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: Kaslin

Guess he went the Michael Jackson route...


37 posted on 11/24/2009 6:32:55 PM PST by Mr Rogers (I loathe the ground he slithers on!)
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To: steel_resolve

IIRC Beck had him on. He looked like an older white guy to me.


38 posted on 11/24/2009 6:34:39 PM PST by votemout
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To: azishot

Between acorn and fort hood I forgot about this poor guy. :(


39 posted on 11/24/2009 6:39:16 PM PST by Freedom2specul8 (I am Jim Thompson............................Please pray for our troops....)
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~

I did, too. There’s too darn much garbage happening and some of it involves good people like Gerald Walpin.


40 posted on 11/24/2009 6:51:43 PM PST by azishot
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To: Kaslin
The letter said Walpin's firing was at the unanimous request of the AmeriCorps board of directors.

When that walking turd Conyers finishes frog marching Rove and Bush (in his wet dreams) for the US Attorney firings, maybe he'll have time to pick the scab on this scandal. Yeah, when hell freezes over! Friend of Zer0 and Michelle, Kevin Johnson - former NBAer and current Mayor of Sacramento - calls in White House favors to keep Walpin off his back cause he was jus doin what he do...like all good little 0bama ACORNs redistributin' wealth to the rightful owner; HIMSELF!

41 posted on 11/24/2009 6:55:13 PM PST by RoadKingSE (How do you know that the light at the end of the tunnel isn't a muzzle flash ?)
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To: Kaslin
The letter said Walpin's firing was at the unanimous request of the AmeriCorps board of directors.

When that walking turd Conyers finishes frog marching Rove and Bush (in his wet dreams) for the US Attorney firings, maybe he'll have time to pick the scab on this scandal. Yeah, when hell freezes over! Friend of Zer0 and Michelle, Kevin Johnson - former NBAer and current Mayor of Sacramento - calls in White House favors to keep Walpin off his back cause he was jus doin what he do...like all good little 0bama ACORNs redistributin' wealth to the rightful owner; HIMSELF!

42 posted on 11/24/2009 6:55:16 PM PST by RoadKingSE (How do you know that the light at the end of the tunnel isn't a muzzle flash ?)
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To: RoadKingSE

Sorry for the double post. My mouse misfired.


43 posted on 11/24/2009 6:57:24 PM PST by RoadKingSE (How do you know that the light at the end of the tunnel isn't a muzzle flash ?)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

The guy he was investigation was. Well, not career. Not yet.


44 posted on 11/24/2009 7:01:11 PM PST by MarkeyD (I support the Secret Service but not their mission.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Bull.


45 posted on 11/24/2009 7:10:17 PM PST by bustinchops (Teddy ("The Hiccup") Kennedy - the original water-boarder)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

What, he’s an old white guy.


46 posted on 11/24/2009 7:14:49 PM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie
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To: votemout

Beck did have him on and I believe he is also a Republican not a democrat.


47 posted on 11/24/2009 7:15:51 PM PST by oldteen
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To: blueyon

No, ozark is probably a Zot


48 posted on 11/24/2009 7:16:09 PM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
The issue of Walpin's background nearly hijacked the discussion. There are other important aspects of Walpin's situation that fortunately were raised.


49 posted on 11/24/2009 7:26:25 PM PST by magooey (The Mandate of Heaven resides in the hearts of men)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie; Eric in the Ozarks

Ozark was jesting I am sure


50 posted on 11/24/2009 7:43:38 PM PST by Freedom2specul8 (I am Jim Thompson............................Please pray for our troops....)
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