Tag: Team Obama

Getting “serviced” by government.

Normal people often wonder why some feel the call to go into government. Most will tell you it is about some nonsense like wanting to make a difference or to help their fellow men. But the truth, especially with the ones that are the most vocal about hearing the call to public service because they want to make a difference, is that it is an awesome money making scheme. Case in point another member of Team Obama, whom told us she was there to help the little guy out.

After attacking hedge funds and their managers during her tenure in the Obama administration, Anita Dunn is now working as a public relations consultant to improve the industry’s image, according to a secret proposal obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Dunn, formerly the interim White House communications director for the Obama administration and currently a managing director at the Democratic consulting firm SKDKnickerbocker (SKDK), is being promoted by the public relations firm McLean/Clark LLC as a director of “paid media” for a pro-hedge-fund campaign. The project is described by promotional material as a “comprehensive public affairs operation” to “raise awareness about the positive role hedge funds play in the American economy” and to “eliminate the need for politicians to take aim at hedge funds.”

As White House communications director, Dunn helped President Obama criticize hedge funds as a key factor of the financial collapse—and she has continued that criticism, at least in public, ever since.

An industry outsider who was pitched on Dunn’s proposal told the Washington Free Beacon that he was surprised to see the former Obama official involved in the effort. “First we see Dunn attack us on television,” he said, “and then she tells us to hire her to head off the exact attacks that she herself is hurling at us. The entire thing begins to stink like a protection racket.”

Crony capitalism, where government picks the winners and the losers, and in the process allows the credentialed elite making these decisions to get stinking rich, helps the little guy how again? And lest you think she is an exception to the rule, check this out:

Dunn’s new consulting project comes just over a year after one of her Obama administration colleagues, former Office of Management and Budget director Peter Orszag, also accepted a prominent position in an industry the president has targeted. In December 2010, Orszag took a job as vice chairman in global banking at Citigroup, a company that Obama once tried to dissolve. Current White House chief of staff Jack Lew previously worked for Citigroup, where the Alternative Investments unit he ran was ranked globally as a top “fund of hedge funds” and invested in a hedge fund managed by Paulson. Current acting director of the Office of Management and Budget Jeffrey Zients previously worked for Bain & Company, a business consulting firm tied to GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Meanwhile, former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, now a paid consultant on President Obama’s re-election campaign, is being paid to speak at an annual conference of hedge fund managers this May.

Dunn’s fellow managing director at SKDK, Hilary B. Rosen, sits on the board of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, which along with sister organization the Center for American Progress (CAP), has been a relentless critic of the hedge fund industry. This, despite the fact that Thomas Steyer, who sits on CAP’s board, runs Farallon Capital Management, one of the largest hedge funds in the country. Rosen formerly worked for the communications consultancy partnership Brunswick Group LLC, which advises hedge funds. McLean/Clark’s proposal did not mention Rosen. However, the head of SKDK’s New York office, Josh Isay, is listed in the proposal alongside Dunn.

Of course, if you are looking for the LSM to report any of this you are going to wait forever, and your waiting will be for naught. I wonder what the ratio of these people that don’t pay their taxes at all or in part, never mind their fair share, is. And we all know that the only evil people that do this sort of things are right wing assholes that want to keep women barefoot and pregnant, beat up gays and keep them oppressed, and are damned racists that don’t have the smarts to see how great Obama really is.

It is not a coincidence that when government of these kinds of people talks about servicing the populous, what they intend to do is the same kind of “servicing” that a bull does for cows.

Roh roh, Shaggy. Issa wants special prosecutor to investigate Fast & Furious.

It now looks like operation “Fast & Furious”, the famous “Gunrunner” scheme that I pointed out long ago, when the facts started dribbling out, despite a concerted effort by the LSM to keep the story and the reason & role the 2nd Amendment haters the members of Team Obama behind it under wraps, was a run around to affect American public opinion and help the left roll back defeats to disarm the people at large, is panning out into a scandal for Team Obama, and an international one at it:

The stench from Washington is getting stronger. Rep. Darrell Issa has called for a special prosecutor to get to the bottom of the festering mess known as Operation Fast and Furious.

Hatched somewhere in the bowels of the Justice Department, that misbegotten scheme had the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives deliberately allowing high-powered guns to “walk” from Arizona and elsewhere into Mexico: Our agents turned a blind eye toward the straw purchasers who were funneling the weapons to the drug cartels.

The (dumb) idea was to trace cross-border arms trafficking, and so prove the (false) claim that 90 percent of the guns seized in Mexican drug war zones originate in the US. (The real figure is closer to 17 percent.) But, as Issa’s Oversight and Government Reform committee continues its investigation, that pretension has evaporated — and a major international scandal has been born.

Marisela Morales, the Mexican attorney general, estimates that at least 200 Mexicans have been killed with Fast and Furious weapons — among them, a powerful Barrett .50 caliber sniper rifle that took down a federal helicopter. Morales, who calls the program a “betrayal” of her country, told the Los Angeles Times that she first learned about Fast and Furious from news reports, and that US officials still haven’t briefed their Mexican counterparts on it.

More and more people are actually accepting the obvious conclusion, left when all other avenues that have been explored have lead to dead ends, that the sole remaining purpose for this operation was so the Obama administration could blame non-existing lax US gun policies for deaths in Mexico, as the blatantly false media campaign to convince people that 80% of the guns used in the drug wars there came from the US. This was being done so they could then demand they be allowed to add and enforce tighter controls that would violate 2nd Amendment rights that would otherwise never pass muster, in order to again take the lead in the fight to disarm the people, after their agenda recently suffered a humiliating defeat in the SCOTUS. This is obviously what Obama told us was under works to get them back in business on taking guns away from people during one of his speeches.

Attempts by the LSM to ignore the story and by the Obama Administration to avoid disclosing the facts have not succeeded in preventing us from learning the facts, and we are finally getting calls for a special investigation. As Holder and other higher ups behind this all now claim amnesia, frustrated officials in the Mexican government, whom it seems where not a willing participant as was first suspected, whom weren’t even briefed are themselves asking for answers. Maybe they should involve the criminal court in The Hague. I would love to see the left’s reaction to that one.

She shouldn’t feel lonely: The administration has been notably unforthcoming to everybody on this one. Eric Holder’s Justice has engaged in a rearguard battle against Issa’s committee — turning over subpoenaed documents only slowly and heavily redacted, making witnesses unavailable and transferring or retiring implicated officials such as former ATF head Kenneth Melson. Issa has publicly accused Holder & Co. of “gaming” congressional investigators.

Yet the drip, drip, drip of revelations continues. A third “Fast and Furious” gun has now been linked to the murder of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, whose death in Arizona last December at the hands of Mexican bandits started to crack the scandal open.

In addition to the ATF and the FBI, other agencies already implicated include the Drug Enforcement Administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the IRS. Other tidbits suggest involvement by higher-ups at the Department of Homeland Security and the White House itself.

It’s a scandal, and the stench seems to come from all the way to the top. And it’s going to be fun to watch the left now pretend there is nothing here or better yet, defend what now appears to be turning into a real international crime. How are they going to blame Bush? Can I say I told you so , already?