Paying a Stiff Price

And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:

Paying a Stiff Price

Millions of your taxpayer dollars have been spent on illegal Medicare reimbursements for Viagra and other erectile dysfunction drugs.

A government audit shows Medicare paid $3.1 million in 2007 and 2008 and an undetermined amount in the last two years.

Medicare's administrators blame the error on a software glitch and say they will try to recoup the money.

Meanwhile, a Government Accountability Office report shows Medicare and Medicaid made over $70 billion in improper payments in 2010.

The GAO designated those agencies the keys to implementing the health care law as high-risk for fraud, waste and abuse.

Charlie's Angles

California Democratic Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey referenced troubled actor Charlie Sheen when discussing the Afghanistan War and the commander there, General David Petraeus.

On the House floor earlier today, Woolsey used an assessment she attributed to Rolling Stone contributing editor Michael Hastings.


REP. LYNN WOOLSEY, D-CALIF.: He said, General Petraeus is giving us the Charlie Sheen counter insurgency strategy, which is to give exclusive interviews to every major network and to keep saying 'we're winning' and hope the public actually agrees with you.


Hot Air's Ed Morrissey writes -- quote -- "Comparing a man who has dedicated his life to America's security to a drug-addled celebrity in full meltdown is par for the course for 'progressives' the last few years."

Out of Bounds?

And finally, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is comparing NFL owners' treatment of players during the ongoing labor dispute to slavery.

Peterson told Yahoo Sports -- quote -- "The players are getting robbed... It's modern-day slavery, you know? People kind of laugh at that, but there are people working at regular jobs who get treated the same way too."

Peterson is set to make more than $10 million this year. Some of his peers have tried to distance themselves from the comments.

Green Bay's Ryan Grant tweeted -- quote -- "Their (sic) is unfortunately actually still slavery existing in our world. Literal modern day slavery."