Tag: Political corruption

Pro-collectivist media can’t avoid making exuses

It came as no surprise to me that after a decade plus of favorable pro-collectivist media coverage of shit-holes that took hard left turns we found out Venezuela was following in the footsteps of illustrious collectivist success stories like Cuba, North Korea, or Zimbabwe. What is less known is that the other South American country that had also taken a hard left turn and was touted as a great success story, Brazil, is also heading in the same direction now that blatant corruption and mismanagement practices have come to the world’s attention.

As is always the case with progressive governments, the pretense that the shit they do is to help the less fortunate is just that: pretense. What they are really doing is creating a system that will allow the political aristocracy and those few lucky enough to be connected to them, to rob the people blind. The new masters tend to be worse than the old ones, and while they can temporarily hide the rot, eventually economic and human nature reality asserts itself. Big and powerful government, especially one that has successfully disarmed the masses and then pretends their wealth transfer schemes are to help the less fortunate, sooner than later results in abused people. Yeah, I know that this piece specifically was written about the Arab world, but the article does speak of other corruption failures in general. The problem with people that advocate for collectivism is the fact that they seem to miss that corruption is the norm, and having little or none of it, is actually an outlier. And the bigger an autocratic government that abrogates the duty of creating economic justice becomes, both in terms of actual size and the amount of money it now forces through its hands, the more corruption you will get.

For example, take China, which is still run by an authoritarian government that decided not to stick to the letter of marxist dogma. While the Wiki article tries its best to show how fucked up China is because of this corruption, it, because of the bias of the Wiki organization in general, does a lot to apologize and conceal that the problem there is the authoritarian and collectivist system that creates the framework that allows this corruption. When your government is all powerful and has its hands in everything, you can bet it will result in abuse and corruption by the very elite put in charge. Pick your country, check out how authoritative and big their government is, then look at how much wealth redistribution power said government has, and you will find corruption.

But back to what I wanted to point out: AP writing an article that tries hard to not tie the corruption now evident to the ideology or failures in Brazil. From the article:

Brazil’s Senate voted on Thursday to put leftist President Dilma Rousseff on trial in a historic decision brought on by a deep recession and a corruption scandal that will now confront her successor, Vice President Michel Temer.

With Rousseff to be suspended during the Senate trial for allegedly breaking budget rules, the centrist Temer will take the helm of a country that again finds itself mired in political and economic volatility after a recent decade of prosperity.

The 55-22 vote ends more than 13 years of rule by the left-wing Workers Party, which rose from Brazil’s labor movement and helped pull millions of people out of poverty before seeing many of its leaders tainted by corruption investigations.

My interpretation of this nonsense is that it almost sounds like AP is trying hard to tell readers we should give the corrupt officials a pass because they meant well. After all, they helped the poor people! I constantly see MSM stories saying how well off people in Brazil have it because of the wealth redistribution schemes of the leftists, but when I look the stuff that sticks with me is the rampant crime, the fact that economic promises are not materializing, and how despite the claims that the poor are better off, I see very few things that really show that to be the case. Especially when you look at the future. That’s not just me however, as this verya rticle points out:

In addition to the gaping deficit, equal to more than 10 percent of its annual economic output, Brazil is suffering from rising unemployment, plummeting investment and a projected economic contraction of more than 3 percent this year.

Basically the Brazilian success story was to borrow and print money, over spend, and put polities in practice that drastically hamper economic growth and result in rampant unemployment. Shit they are even looking at an economic contraction. Does this not sound kind of like the Obama economic plan to spend us out of a recession and even into prosperity? Don’t worry though, because the PA tells us people are on top of the crisis;

“Only major reforms can keep Brazil from moving from crisis to crisis,” says Eduardo Giannetti da Fonseca, an economist and author in São Paulo who has written extensively about the country’s socioeconomic problems.

While I am not very familiar with this individual, the fact that he is the one AP chose to quote tells me this guy is very likely to be the Brazilian Paul Krugman, whose usual retort when confronted with the failures of Keynesian wealth transfer schemes, advises that the the problem was not the fact that borrowing/printing more money/spending money you don’t have can’t buy your prosperity, but that government didn’t borrow/print/spend enough money. This shit doesn’t work. It never has, and never will, but the collectivist driven media still wants you to have faith in this crap. This AP article sure goes a long way to try and avoid making the point that these leftist SJW wealth redistribution policies failed Brazil despite the temporary bump they produced obvious.

Another tidbit from the article that I found interesting was the following:

Brazilian markets have for weeks rallied as investors welcomed the likely dismissal of a president they believe crippled the economy, but were largely unchanged on Wednesday.

Note that the AP avoids saying why investors felt Rousseff crippled the economy. One could come away thinking the only problem was the endemic corruption, but the fact is that this was just one of the symptoms of the real problem: the Keynesian economic practices leftists resort to in times of trouble to hide the problems caused by their wealth transfer schemes. Brazil is on the same path as Venezuela right now, only it might be slower to reach the end state because they didn’t choose to have a dictator hold all the power like the Venezuelan’s did. This shit don’t work people.

Nixon wants his presidency back

I pity anyone that trust the legal system, especially when government is involved, today, because in the last 7 years it has gone from being a capricious and oft wrong system to one where the people in power wield it without impunity against their political enemies. The other day the WaPo had an article, full of vim and righteous indignation, finger wagging at all the people that had been vindicated by videos showing how another politicized leftist entity was not just abusing tax payers, but life itself, for profit, of all reasons.

The WaPo writer was up high on her soapbox. She wanted everyone to know that Planned Parenthood, accused of selling baby parts for profit, had been vindicated! The vindication came in the form of a stunning reversal where the people investigating the case indicting the video makers and not Planned Parenthood. In this author’s mind, this twist of faith validates their belief that the crime here was not what Planned Parenthood was doing (and based on the evidence Planned Parenthood was definitely doing this), but instead, on the fact someone had the temerity to take the lipstick off the pig. The crime that brought these indictments? Tampering with government records!

This turn of play is nothing but more of the same done by those that count on how most people have willfully or otherwise remained negligent of the rampant abuses of power by those in power, at every level of government, in the past 7 years. From a DOJ that chose and continues to only enforce the laws that favor this administration and the left in general, and even went out of its way to run a criminal scheme that amounted to an act of war in order to turn the American public against the second amendment, to a court system that flagrantly chooses to target political enemies of the state at every level, we no longer have a nation of men and laws but one so corrupt that only a fool has any faith in the judicial system today.

We had a criminal political class that allowed a US ambassador to be killed, by terrorists, in a post they knew was targeted by said terrorists to make a point. That all happened so these criminal leftist politicians could protect the left’s chances in an election, because they had decided to bank electoral points on taking center stage to declare terrorism defeated. When this shit went south, they blamed a movie maker for it in the hopes of not just deflecting blame, but to use the crisis to attack social media which remained a thorn in their side, and constantly defeated their orchestrated work with a complicit media in shaping the message in their favor. Considering these leftist morons were all instrumental in the fabrication of a lie about the previous president’s appearance on a US aircraft carrier, where he declared that carrier’s mission as a success, but they twisted that to their political advantage to pretend he was claiming total victory (the left was actively working to make sure the US lost that conflict, and Obama succeeded at doing just that), this ironic twist of faith is just beyond karmic.

It is all political advantage, every time, and every day, with these people. And they will cheat, lie, and commit any and all crimes to get their way. Ask Scott Walker whom had the democratic political machine target him and all of his supporters for doing something that helped the taxpayers of Wisconsin over the democrat money machine in the state. Ask the people targeted by the IRS for belonging to the only real enemy the left feels need to be defeated. Ask the supposed fat cats that the SEC or the DOJ prosecuted or prosecutes for what in the grand scheme of things amount to petty financial indiscretion while letting democrats like Corazine, who stole billions from hard working people, walk. Ask the taxpayers fleeced for over a billion dollars so the political left could funnel tons of money to their friends, lobbyists, and own campaign coffers. And most of all ask all the people that have been sold one lie after another by these crooks. Let’s not forget those that thought Obamacare would actually reduce cost and provide better care. Or those of us that keep paying for such collectivist vote buying schemes that span the spectrum of the lefts “caring programs”, including a broken immigration scheme that will fundamentally change America. The list goes on.

And this supposed twist in the Planned Parenthood investigation is nothing more than more of the same. See, it turns out that there is a simple reason for this twist: Planned Parenthood has insider help. And yes, that is the reason this has happened. It’s a punitive action. These people are going to be made examples, just like others that dared to point out the corruption and criminal activity.

Obama has a legacy: he has created another American banana republic.

How do you spell banana republic?

Don’t worry about how to spell, it just look at how the Obama administration and the left have been doing things for the last few years, and you should have a pretty good idea. Yesterday I pointed out how government feels those of us that do not think government should be allowed to disarm us considering how corrupt it is, but that’s just a drop in the bucket of the insane abuses of power going on. Today I would like to point out how vulnerable Senate democrats have had no problem asking the IRS to hamstring the opposition for them, and that the LSM seems quite OK with this incredible abuse of power.

Let’s not pretend that Obama did anything but lie that day he said there was not a smidgen of corruption in that IRS scandal he claims is made up as well. It takes some special kind of gall to lie about not using powerful and unrestrained federal agencies to target your political opponents, but it goes to a whole new level once they no longer even try to hide the fact that they will heavily rely on this sort of abuse to compensate for people wanting to hold them responsible for this sort of lawless and corrupt behavior.

Politics: In the wake of the IRS targeting scandal, which included groups that already had tax exemptions, vulnerable Democrats ask the agency with the power to tax to use that power to destroy their opposition in 2014. The fundamental transformation of the United States into a banana republic, where government power is used to suppress political opposition, has evolved from a hidden campaign targeting the Tea Party and other conservative groups to an open attempt to suppress free speech by changing the definition of what constitutes political activity. It’s an attempt to define conservative political speech out of existence.

The administration cover story — that prior to the 2012 election the sudden increase in the number of such groups applying for tax-exempt status was the reason applications were delayed — has been blown apart by Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich. His Ways and Means Committee found that the groups targeted already had tax exemptions and that 100% of the groups that were targeted with an audit were on the right. Now, Senate Democrats who voted for ObamaCare and parroted President Obama’s lie of the year are asking the IRS to ensure that if they like their Senate seats they can keep their Senate seats. They want the IRS to be a campaign wing of the Democratic Party.

Leading the IRS call is Sen. Charles Schumer, N.Y., the Senate Democrats’ chief political strategist. “The Tea Party elites gained extraordinary influence by being able to funnel millions of dollars into campaigns with ads that distort the truth and attack government,” Schumer said in remarks at the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

Sharing that belief are vulnerable Democrats such as Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas. He argues the IRS has power over such groups that engage in what he calls quasi-political activity. In reality, such groups are merely people organizing to petition for the redress of grievances, which include reckless spending, oppressive taxation and regulation, and, yes, ObamaCare.

When the democrats called the Tea Party terrorists, then proceeded to hold training for military entities where these people were acting like terrorists, they meant it. Anyone that stands in the way of the left’s agenda and hold on power is a terrorist and obviously evil, a threat to the state, and the left thinks it is fine for them to use the government they control to target them. Let’s not pretend that these people are doing anything but engaging in criminal activity for their own benefit anymore, please. There is no defending this shit.

We should all learn how to spell banana republic, because we are living in one.

Glenn H. Reynolds’ article about conspiracy theories..

Glenn Harlan Reynolds has an article titled Government conspiracy theories aren’t crazy: Column in USA today that is spot on about the damage the Obama Administration and their incestuous relationship with a complicit media have resulted into. Glenn speaks about the IRS abuses, the fake investigation by a crony that of course found nothing wrong, and the whole NSA situation, and concludes as follows:

Spend a little while on Twitter or in Internet comment sections and you’ll see a significant number of people who think that the NSA may have been relaying intelligence about the Mitt Romney campaign to Obama operatives, or that Chief Justice John Roberts’ sudden about-face in the Obamacare case might have been driven by some sort of NSA-facilitated blackmail. A year ago, these kinds of comments would have been dismissable as paranoid conspiracy theory. But now, while I still don’t think they’re true, they’re no longer obviously crazy. And that’s Obama’s legacy: a government that makes paranoid conspiracy theories seem possibly sane.

The problem with government is that to be trusted, you have to be trustworthy. And the problem with the Obama administration is that, to a greater extent than any since Nixon’s, it is not. Do not be surprised if the result is that people mistrust those in authority, and order their lives accordingly. Such an outcome is bad for America, but bad governance has its consequences.

Dead on. for all their posturing during the Boosh years no serious liberal ever thought he was doing 99% of the shit they accused him of. It was all politics. Scorched earth politics, but politics. Team Obama however has done real nasty shit, and people now expect anything from them. Most people have gotten here late. It took a slew of things to finally open their eyes. The NSA, IRS, and Benghazi scandals being the latest in a long list of abuses. Me, I knew we were dealing with criminals that thought they were above the law the moment I became familiar with the DOJ’s role in both voter the numerous fraud investigations and the Fast & Furious gun running fiasco. The first was o cover up for clear abuses. The second was to use what amounts to an act of war against a sovereign neighbor to score political points at home with the objective of disarming the citizenry. The first thing every corrupt and evil government on our planet has done is to make sure it has sole access to the means of violence, especially against its subjects/serfs. Disarming law abiding citizens, under the guise of protecting them, is always the recourse of scoundrels.

By the time Benghazi rolled around I was so flabbergasted by the list of insane shit they had done that I was willing to believe that these crooks where able to do anything and everything, no matter how vile. So far I have not been disappointed. No, not because I am a partisan racist, homophobic, misogynist, gun toting redneck hater, but because of the history that came before where they literally did and got away with some unbelievable things. I can not say this enough: Nixon was run out of office for far less than this administration gotten away with, and by orders of magnitude. And yes, Obama’s legacy will be that people now are likely to believe any conspiracy theory they get told. The sad thing is that too many of them are far closer to the truth than to insane rantings. The media, which thinks it has provided help, has served to only exacerbate things by providing cover instead of investigating this administrations criminal behavior as we now find out about Benghazi.

Thank you libs!

How many other such incidents do you think go unreported or undetected?

Compared to the ones that you do find out about?

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – It’s a stunning and wide-ranging public corruption scandal. Six highly-placed politicians are accused of using bribery to rig this year’s New York City mayoral race.

There were three distinct parts to the public corruption and bribery scandal, but in all three money flowed freely and, at times, city and state funds — your tax dollars — paid the freight, CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reported Tuesday.

“The charges we unsealed today demonstrate once again that a ‘show me the money’ culture seems to pervade every level of New York government,” U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said.

The six defendants nailed by the feds Tuesday certainly represent many levels of government. State Sen. Malcolm Smith, a Democrat, allegedly wanted to rig the 2013 mayoral race so he could run as a Republican. Republican City Councilman Dan Halloran reportedly helped arrange the bribes to buy Smith a waiver, and two Republican officials had their hands out, reportedly saying “show me the money and the waiver is yours.”

“Senator Smith drew up the game plan and Councilman Halloran essentially quarterbacked it by finding party chairmen who were wide open to receive bribes,” Bharara said.

When both parties conspire to screw the people. And yes, it is NY state, one of the big blue liberal bastions, but still. Oh, man I don’t even want to bother with it. You know the drill.

Democrat response to voter fraud…

Vote, vote as often as you can in the same election, help the dead cast their votes, and help those people that are incapable of voting by voting democrat for them all!

That’s basically what the democrats seem to want. That’s from guy that pretends he had no clue about operation “Fast & Furious” and actually deserves to be hauled into court to defend the criminal activities he and his people have been trying to cover up with a web of lies. Eric Holder’s main point was that he thinks any kind of system that tries to prevent voter fraud is wrong and actually only intended to intimidate voters.

The question begs to be asked: what kind of voter is intimidated by a system that requires them to prove they are who they say they are, and limits them to a single vote? Isn’t the answer obvious? Equating the requirement that voters properly identify themselves at their polling place, and are also limited to a single vote, to disgusting practices like a poll taxes or a literacy test – both practices heavily used by Southern democrats that wanted to control who voted, I add for historical perspective – smacks of idiocy. Again: who benefits the most from a system with no checks? Let me direct you to the typical democrat controlled shithole where they have close to or over 100% of the eligible and registered population show up to vote for a clue.

And Holder’s belief that people should automatically be registered to vote is frightening to me. I have registered to vote a couple of times. By far, this is the most pleasant experience one can have dealing with government entities. It never took me more than 5 minutes despite the idiots that usually work at these places. And if the average citizen is so apathetic about the political process that they can not take such a little bit of time to register, I do not want them voting. They are likely to be just as apathetic and uninformed about the issues and the election they are now able to vote in. Guess what party benefits from dumb people that vote emotions and not issues?

I guess democrats want to “count every vote”, except those of the military, and those of real citizens that only vote once as they should. This 2012 election is going to be a doozy. I expect voter fraud to be rampant and if the donkeys steal the election I expect Holder to kill any and all instances of real voter fraud or intimidation like he has already done in the case of the ones brought up around the 2008 elections.

This is an all out attack on anything decent in this country. These crooks are not even ashamed anymore of what they are doing and the destructive results their practices have. Power to the collectivist powerblock above all else.

If you think this WH isn’t agenda driven

And basically steering our money to their friends, then you are not paying attention. First there was that pesky Solyndra scandal. When I brought up that this was basically crony capitalism at its worst, with the WH using the economic crisis at that time and their big lie that a near trillion dollar stimulus was the only remedy to what ailed us to funnel billions of tax payer dollars to industries that can not exist without subsidies, and that’s not my opinion, I was demagogued by the usual suspects. When I pointed out that the attempts to link the Bush WH to this or claim that the loan had not been fast tracked by Team Obama, against the advice of several financial experts, including the OMB, the GAO, and finally even the DOE which had originally pushed the thing through only to realize this was going to blow up in their face, I was accused of not having the facts right.

Then it became obvious this whole thing was tied to a money bundler billionaire investor that had raised beaucoup money for the Obama campaign, and I pointed out how the loan was restructured at the WH’s behest to favor the investors over the tax payers, at a time when everyone started picking up Solyndra was going to implode regardless of the tax payer money it got, and when I mentioned that I was told, yet again, that there was no proof. And then there is this latest revelation. We need some investigations here to find out the details of why the tax payer was yet again duped by the guy that now wants to rip taxpayers off to the tune of something close to another $2 trillion of our money to pay for his party’s vote buying schemes.

Of course, by now all these things have borne out exactly as I predicted they would, but if you still are dubious that this is not the way the WH is running things and going to argue this was an isolated incident, then here is yet another such example of WH crony capitalism:

LightSquared, a wireless network backed by billionaire Democratic donor Philip Falcone, could beam broadband Internet everywhere—but some military officials fear it could interfere with critical GPS signals. Now, as The Daily Beast’s Eli Lake exclusively reports, two U.S. officials allege the White House tried to influence their testimony to rush key testing, to LightSquare’s benefit.

That we now have not one, but two incidents where big Obama donors – those evil capitalists that Obama and the left love to demonize and accuse of stealing money from the little guy – and then in two different industry sectors to boot, accused of getting special favors from the WH, both with damaging consequences to Americans, isn’t a coincidence. What we are seeing here is a systematic pattern of government by those that think it is their duty to pick who wins and who loses. And the fact that the ones that are picked to win are either members of the green movement, big donors, or both, is not a coincidence either. The left is engaged in the very nefarious practices it projects constantly on the other side in order to demonize them and justify the whole class warfare bullshit agenda. Can you imagine the furor in the LSM if this had happened while Bush was president? Remember the constant talk of “Halliburton”, while forgetting Bill Clinton’s relation to the same, back when? Where is all that feigned outrage now?

The American people are being done a huge disservice by these crooks. Both in the LSM and the WH. And I do not expect this to be the last such scandal to be revealed and ignored as much as possible by the LSM. Of course, the bloggosphere will drag them kicking and screaming into doing damage control, and eventually into reporting far more of the truth and facts than they would feel comfortable with.

Debt Limit Committee of Twelve Transforms Our Republican Form of Government

There has been lots said about the Super Committee, some of it interesting, some of it not so much, but very little of it referring to the Constitution to determine either its prudence or legality/constitutionality. This post will seek to rectify that (likely) inadvertent omission.

Under Article 1, Section 5 it is required that a “Majority” of members of both houses must be present “to do Business“. This provision was specifically debated during the framing of our Constitution and it was intended by our founding fathers to forbid “a small number of members of the two Houses to “make law”. SEE for example:

Madison Debates, August 10th.

Col. Mason:
“This is a valuable & necessary part of the plan. In this extended Country, embracing so great a diversity of interests, it would be dangerous to the distant parts to allow a small number of members of the two Houses to make laws. The Central States could always take care to be on the Spot and by meeting earlier than the distant ones, or wearying their patience, and outstaying them, could carry such measures as they pleased. He admitted that inconveniences might spring from the secession of a small number: But he had also known good produced by an apprehension, of it. He had known a paper emission prevented by that cause in Virginia. He thought the Constitution as now moulded was founded on sound principles, and was disposed to put into it extensive powers. At the same time he wished to guard agst. abuses as much as possible. If the Legislature should be able to reduce the number at all, it might reduce it as low as it pleased & the United States might be governed by a Juncto- A majority of the number which had been agreed on, was so few that he feared it would be made an objection agst. the plan.”

Under the 12 member committee the largest possible number of States that would be represented in the making of law would be a mere 12 States. And, of the hundreds of Congressional Districts across America, 12 is the highest number that would be represented in the making of law. This 12 member committee which is designed to “make law” is exactly what the founders intended to prevent by requiring at a minimum a “Majority” of the members of both houses “shall constitute a Quorum to do Business”

Quorum is a legal term and is the number of the officers or members of any body as is competent by law or constitution to transact business. The Constitution by its very wording requires at a minimum 50 Senators and 218 Representatives to do business. Col. MASON‘S quote above tells us that the “Super Congress” would be dangerous to “make law,” and keep in mind making law is significantly different from voting to approve a law which has already been “made.”

As to Article 4, Section 4, we are guaranteed a “Republican Form of Government” and the very essence of a Republican Form of Government is that the people’s representatives are to be directly involved in the law making process. So, are the unique interests of the various United States represented in the law making process in this committee? No, not by any twisting of constitutional language that this writer can discern. Are the people’s interests of each of the hundreds of State Congressional Districts represented in the law making process of under this committee? Not by a long-shot.

This act is a direct assault upon the very essence of our republican form of government as our founders intended it to operate, and if allowed to take effect, it would be a devastating and fundamental transformation of our system of government in that it excludes both the people’s interests and the various State unique interests in the sausage making process, and only allows them an up or down vote on a law made in secret and behind closed doors, just as occurred with ObamaCare.

I personally believe that every member in the House and Senate who voted YEA to establish this “committee,” is complicit in a seditious act designed to fundamentally transform and dissolve our guarantee to a republican form of government. I have little doubt that some of you will disagree with that assessment. If you do though, please include a constitutional argument that can legitimately counter it. No legislator’s “good intentions” or thoughts that “we had to act instead of doing nothing” are valid counters to a solid constitutional argument, only another solid constitutional argument is.

It is imperative for everyone to understand that there is nothing in the language of the Super Congress part of the debt deal bill that limits the scope of the committee to only economic issues. Everything that the Congress as a whole can address, can likewise be addressed by only 12 members once this goes into effect. That includes gun control, abortion issues, law enforcement issues, taxation, literally anything, and it empowers the committee to write “law” that cannot be amended in the House or filibustered in the Senate, thus removing the few substantive protections held by the minority against the majority that were intentionally instituted in each house very early in our history as  bulwarks against one-party tyranny.

It is also imperative to realize that there is a sunset clause in the Super Congress legislation. I believe it’s December, 2012, though I’m not certain of that at this moment. However, that should be of little comfort to anyone who opposes the Patriot Act, which also had sunset dates for certain provisions, none of which have yet been allowed to sunset. All but one of the current Republican presidential candidates who were in Congress to vote on those sunsets voted to deny letting them expire, and this committee sunset is not any more likely to expire than the blatant 4th Amendment (plus others) assaults of the Patriot Act have been. As such, if you determine that the Super Congress is a threat to your liberties, you should start right now conditioning your representatives to expect that any of them who vote to continue the Super Congress when those votes come around, assuming of course that the Supreme Court doesn’t correctly intervene in the interim, will face staunch opposition in the following election, which, not-so-coincidentally, will be the following election cycle after 2012.

Thanks for reading.