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IRS Lerner in hot water over emails

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Lois Lerner, the woman who decided to plead the Fifth in a Congressional hearing even though she was completely innocent of wrongdoing, might not be so innocent after all. Apparently she had been using her personal email for work communications. Of course many Americans do this in private industry, but given her position, that is not permitted, at all. For what should be obvious reasons, many governmental employees are forbidden from using personal email accounts for work communications, and vice versa. This has been an issue not only in the IRS, but throughout the entire administration, especially in the context of what happened in Benghazi when Ambassador Chris Stevens was murdered. Now, it seems that Lerner may be guilty of the same questionable activities as other administration department members.

Fox News reports:

House Republicans on Tuesday asked an IRS official at the center of their probe into the agency targeting Tea Party groups for documents related to her personal email account, after learning she allegedly used the account for official business.

The request from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to official Lois Lerner states she sent documents related to her official duties from her IRS email account to an account labeled ‘Lois Home.’

“This raises some serious questions,” wrote committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif. “To understand the extent to which you may have used a non-official email account for official purposes, … we request that you produce all documents and communications housed in your msn.com account.”

Issa suggested such activity could violate federal records requirements, creates difficulties in filing Freedom of Information Act requests and “frustrates congressional oversight obligations.”

Beyond logistical issues for discovery in a Congressional investigation into the activities of Lerner’s office in regard to conservative organizations, this new development does not help her in her claims of innocence. Lerner should not be surprised if members of Congress start thinking that these communications were intentional, with the express purpose of hiding information. At the very least, it sheds doubt on her professionalism.

Congressman Issa Responds To Obama’s Remarks On Benghazi Whistleblowers

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Immediately after President Obama stated that he had no knowledge of efforts to block whistleblowers from telling their stories in regard to the Benghazi attack, Congressman and Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Darrell Issa ( R-CA) issued the following statement:

“A lawyer for Benghazi whistleblowers has publicly stated that the State Department is blocking her client’s ability to talk freely with counsel. Over the past two weeks, I have sent four letters requesting that this Administration make information available about how lawyers – who already have security clearances and are representing Benghazi whistleblowers – can be cleared to fully hear their clients’ stories. I have yet to receive any response from the Obama Administration.”

“Even if the President really doesn’t know anything about someone wanting to come forward, his position should be that whistleblowers deserve protection and that anyone who has different information about Benghazi is free to come forward to Congress. The President’s unwillingness to commit himself to protecting whistleblowers only aids those in his Administration who are intimidating them,” Issa Said.

Congressman Issa has presented four letters to the Administration requesting that information be made available to whistleblower’s attorneys in the Benghazi case.

Please visit the Committee’s site at http://oversight.house.gov/ for more information and to show support for Congressman Issa’s demand for answers in the ongoing Benghazi investigation.

Eric Holder Demonstrates His Contempt for Congress!

Contempt is defined as: An act of deliberate disobedience or disregard for the laws, regulations, or decorum of a public authority, such as a court or legislative body.

It is no wonder that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will consider holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress on June 20 relating to the ongoing Fast and Furious ATF gun trafficking scandal.

During the House Judiciary Justice Department Oversight committee hearing on June 7th, it became abundantly clear that Attorney General Eric Holder has complete contempt for congress.

Setting aside for a moment the topic of Fast and Furious – a disastrous ATF operation to allow guns to cross the border into Mexico, and then determine at which crime scene they re-surfaced thereby tracking their purchasers – Mr. Holder’s contempt became clear as congressperson after congressperson asked Mr. Holder why they had not received an answer to a prior inquiry. Mr. Holder made it clear from his answers that he had made little or no effort to follow-up on congressional inquiries, whether they came from republicans or democrats.

In his efforts to obfuscate, delay, or outright refuse to answer questions, Mr. Holder made it clear that he holds himself beyond the reach of congressional oversight, and possibly even believes that the law is whatever Mr. Holder thinks it is at any given moment.

Ms. Lofgren (D-CA) began her questioning by saying “When you were last before us in December, I asked you about a case involving the seizure of a domain name called Jazzone.com for alleged copyright infringement. In December, you said you were unfamiliar with the case, but that you would look into it. Since that time, not only have not heard from you, but new details have surfaced.” It was clear from his answer that Mr. Holder had not looked into the case.

Chairman Lamar Smith then asked Mr. Holder, “Mr. Attorney general a number of members today have made requests from you of information. When can they expect those requests to be responded to, two weeks or so? To which the Attorney General replied, “We will do the best that we can as quickly as we can, I’m a little surprised that we have not responded to at least some of the things in connection with the last time I was here.” Indicating that he had not followed up on any of them.

Mr. King (R-IA) said “Just in picking up on the chairman’s remarks, I point out that I had a series of questions that I asked on December 8th here, and although we haven’t pressed relentlessly for those responses, I haven’t seen them and so I’m going to be submitting a new request from December 8th and additionally for this today.”

Mr Franks (R-AZ) quizzed, “Mr. Holder on April 27, 2011 members of this committee asked you to give us information surrounding the decision by justice to forgo prosecution of the un-indited co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation case. This is the largest terrorism financing case in US history. You refused to comply with this request and you still have not prosecuted despite there being what many consider to be a mountain of evidence against these jihadist groups, at least one of which now says it is working inside your agency to help advise on the purge of counter terrorism training materials. We are told that this mountain of evidence which outlines the jihadist network within the United States amounts to 80 bankers boxes full of documents. This evidence was turned over to the court and much of it was given to the jihadist’s defense lawyers. Members of this committee and other committees would like to review this evidence, whether it has to be on a classified basis or not. Would you commit today to give us provide us with those documents which comprise the government’s case in the Holy Land Foundation trial?”

Eric Holder replied, “It’s hard for me to answer that question.”

Mr. Franks responded, “No it’s not, it’s just will you or will you not?”

Holder: “I will take a look at your request and see if it is appropriate or not….”

Franks: “Well we made the request on April 27th of last year and ah so far it hasn’t happened”

Louie Gohmert (R-TX) also asked Mr. Holder if they would get the documents the government provided to the defendants in the Holy Land Foundation trial, and again Holder evaded. Gohmert then asked if Holder ever demanded to know who authorized Fast and Furious. Holder replied that he asked the Inspector General to look into it.

Mr. Chaffetz (R-UT) asked if Mr. Holder would make himself available to four members of the committee to sit down and answer some questions about what they have seen in the Fast and Furious evidence.

“I’m not sure there is a lot more I can say,” was Holder’s response.

Chaffetz then asked, “did you personally read the letter Speaker Boehner sent to you?” Holder replied, “Yes I got that letter.” Chaffetz asked again, “Did you read it?” “Yes.” Then Chaffetz followed up “Did you respond to it?” Holder replied, “The deputy attorney general replied to it.”

It is evident from his evasionary tactics that the Attorney General of the United States has no intention of being straightforward or forthcoming in providing any detailed information to congress about the activities of his office, and that they ought to just leave him alone to do what he sees as his job.

Congress has no choice but to vote on contempt charges. We will see what the oversight committee decides on June 20th.

Contempt Charges To Be Brought Against Holder

Attorney General Eric Holder

Katie Pavlich, News Editor for Townhall, released today that contempt charges will be brought against Eric Holder on June 20th.  Pavlich has been covering the Fast and Furious scandal and has written a book about this egregious episode in government ineptitude.

Fast and Furious was a botched “gunwalking” operation headed by the ATF that allowed thousands of guns to cross into Mexico in the hopes of capturing key drug cartel kingpins in the ongoing narcotics war.  It is a conflict that has already claimed over 30,000 lives since it began in 2006.  What makes Fast and Furious horrific is the fact that the guns used in the operation were responsible for the death of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.   Holder was given the option to have a contempt charge tossed if he complied with the October 2011 Congressional Subpoena.  He did not.  Here is Chairman Darrell Issa’s statement compliments of Katie Pavlich and Townhall.com:

 

For over a year and a half, the House Oversight Committee, with Senator Chuck Grassley, has conducted a joint investigation of reckless conduct in Operation Fast and Furious. With the support of House leadership, the Republican Conference, and even some Democratic Members who have expressed concern to the White House over the Justice Department’s failure to cooperate, this investigation has yielded significant results. The Attorney General has acknowledged that the operation was fundamentally flawed and he has committed to take steps to ensure that it does not occur again. Evidence found in applications for wiretaps shows that although senior officials were given information about reckless tactics, they still signed affirmations that they had reviewed the investigation and determined that electronic surveillance of phones was necessary.

Despite what the investigation has uncovered through whistleblowers and documents the Justice Department had tried to hide, the Committee’s work is not yet complete.  Attorney General Holder has failed to meet his legal obligations pursuant to the October 12 subpoena.  House leaders reiterated this failure in a May 18, 2012, letter. Specifically, the Justice Department has refused to turn over critical documents on the grounds that they show internal Department deliberations and were created after February 4, 2011 – the date Justice issued a false denial to Congress.  Contempt will focus on the failure to provide these post February 4th documents.

The Obama Administration has not asserted Executive Privilege or any other valid privilege over these materials and it is unacceptable that the Department of Justice refuses to produce them.  These documents pertain to Operation Fast and Furious, the claims of whistleblowers, and why it took the Department nearly a year to retract false denials of reckless tactics.  The Justice Department’s actions have obstructed the investigation. Congress has an obligation to investigate unanswered questions about attempts to smear whistleblowers, failures by Justice Department officials to be truthful and candid with the congressional investigation, and the reasons for the significant delay in acknowledging reckless conduct in Operation Fast and Furious.

While the Justice Department can still stop the process of contempt, this will only occur through the delivery of the post February 4, 2011, documents related to Operation Fast and Furious and whistleblower accusations subpoenaed by the Committee.  If the Attorney General decides to produce these subpoenaed documents, I am confident we can reach agreement on other materials and render the process of contempt unnecessary.”

 

 

Holder Pens Letter to Congress : "Nothing To See Hear Folks, Just Move Along"

 Attorney General Eric Holder wrote a letter to Congress on Friday, once again denying the seriousness of the Fast and Furious charges that show the ATF selling assault weapons to Mexican drug cartels which resulted in the death of two border agents and hundreds of citizens on both sides of our Southern border. First of all, we must consider both the timing and method of communication chosen by Eric Holder in this desperate attempt to avoid accountability for his incompetence/culpability in this scandal. People have died from the very guns that our government authorized the sale of, and as House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa and House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith have stated on numerous occasions, “ We are going to get to the bottom of this injustice, no matter how long it takes.

Congress was in session all week long and the best Holder can do is to write a letter on Friday ?  This is the same pattern of late Friday document dumps put out by the White House administration when forced to by FOIA requests, in hopes that it will be forgotten/ignored/missed by the media. Many executive orders have also been released on Friday nights in hoping to keep the people in the dark about just what our government is doing. Also of note is the fact that this letter comes one day after Senator Chuck Grassley distributed five memos citing the gunrunner operation by name and which were addressed to… Attorney General Eric Holder in July and August of 2010. So much for Holder’s constant denial that he knew about the gunrunner program, which was also parroted by President Obama in his “pass-my-jobs-bill-tantrum (speech) number 19 this week. Obama trusts Eric Holder, and that means that the public must do so also, evidence be damned. Maybe that is because the White House has been proven to have been briefed about Fast and Furious also.

Holder’s letter reeks of  propaganda-style spin and delusional denial any way you look at it. He is denying Congress the ability to hold those responsible for this travesty of justice accountable. He has shifted  ATF employees close to this scandal to Washington D.C. in an obvious attempt to cover his tracks. A spokesman for Rep. Issa called the letter “unconvincing.”

“If Attorney General Holder had said these things five months ago when Congress asked him about ‘Operation Fast and Furious,’ it might have been more believable,” the spokesman said. “At this point, however, it’s hard to take at face value a defense that is factually questionable, entirely self-serving, and a still incomplete account of what senior Justice Department officials knew about gun walking.” (emphasis mine)

Holder is desperate to sweep this scandal under the rug, and it shows by the penning of this letter. Rep. Lamar Smith is now calling for a special counsel to look into this situation and help get to the bottom of it. Issa has demanded a special prosecutor from the DOJ, yet Holder fails to mention that fact in his letter, proving again that this letter is nothing more than an attempt to deny responsibility for his departments actions. He is also seen to be trying to protect Senior Justice department members from the fallout. To add insult to injury in this letter, Holder tries to paint the investigations as some kind of plot to “heap disrespect on our nation’s law enforcement officers.” That ludicrous statement would be laughable if  people had not been murdered by assault weapons that were authorized by our very own government.  Here is how Eric Holder wants the public to view the ATF Fast and Furious investigations:  “The members of Congress that are trying to hold the people responsible for the Fast and Furious perversion of justice are somehow slandering our local police departments across America.” Demanding that Holder and company he held accountable is somehow supposed to be an affront to “all law enforcement across America.” This is nothing more than a simplistic attempt to pressure Congress into dropping the investigations into Fast and Furious. 

So why is Holder speaking out, ( in the media on a Friday night) all of a sudden while stonewalling this investigation? Again he wants to use ‘public discourse’ to try to spin this scandal into the famous ” Nothing to see here folks, just move along” method of trying to cover it up. He said Friday, he feels compelled to speak out now because “the public discourse concerning these issues has become so base and so harmful to interests that I hope we all share.”  Harmful to who’s interests Mr. Holder? It certainly isn’t in the public’s best  interest for our government  to be enabling assault weapons to be sold to Mexican drug cartels in any way shape or form here. People have died from these weapons, and what is in our best interest is that the Government  employees in the DOJ, ATF, DHS, etc, be held responsible for this terrible injustice. That means you Mr. Holder, as these actions occurred under your watch at the DOJ.

In the final example of  Holder’s dispicable attempt to deny responsibility for the Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal, Holder says that they did not have any knowledge of supposed “flawed tactics” being used,  and then tries to justify that statement with somehow trying to blame the Bush administration: ” Holder also made a point of noting “the flawed tactics employed” were also used “in an investigation conducted during the prior administration.”   The problem with that nonsensical statement lies in the fact that there are no reports about citizens being murdered by assault weapons that were sold by our government before Eric Holder was appointed as Attorney General by Barack Obama. Tactics and methods of operation are one thing,  people being murdered by assault weapons that resulted from the Fast and Furious government-sponsored gunrunning fiasco is quite another. Eric Holder is a disgrace to the word justice, and not only needs to be fired as Attorney General, but criminal charges must be filed, whether Barack Obama trusts him or not. 

UPDATE: Oct 9th 2011- On Fox News Sunday,  Darrell Issa calls for Holder’s immediate resignation, and says he may issue subpoenas soon . NewsMax came out with the update in an article titled:  Pressure Grows for Holder’s resignation: Subpoenas Threatened.

 

 

 

 

Obama Delivers "Pass My Jobs Bill" Speech ( #19 in 2 weeks)

 President Obama just wrapped up his most recent speech  (112 minutes of it) in which he both started and ended with the temper-tantrum-like, “Pass My Jobs Bill Now” obvious 2012 reelection style campaign rhetoric. President Obama spent an ample amount of his TV time today towards blaming Republicans for not passing his jobs bill already, even though it is in fact, Harry Reid and Senate Democrats who have refused to vote on it. Last we heard Mr. President,  it is a known fact that Congress is made up of both parties, and your Liberal Democrats hold the majority in the U.S. Senate today, just in case you weren’t aware of that fact. It is nothing short of amazing in how the lead- mouthpiece of the Liberal Party USA, Barack Obama can never seem to find a thing that Democrats are responsible for during the last 5 straight years of Congressional rule. ( 2007-2010 plus Senate rule today ) When it comes to any criticism, it is like they don’t exist in Obama’s world. It was just announced that, after being exposed by Republican minority leader Mitch McConnell yesterday on the Senate floor in his refusal to act on Obama’s demands to vote on the jobs bill, Harry Reid has now agreed to hold a vote on Obama’s supposed jobs bill. Good luck Harry. Last we heard, Obama’s supposed jobs bill has bi-partisan opposition in the U.S.Senate.

 

 

President Obama was asked if he would sign the current Chinese Currency Manipulation bill in Congress which has bi-partisan support , which he totally dodged by talking about the history of China’s doing just that, yet once again he refused to be clear as to whether he would sign the bill as asked. That non-committal to denounce China as a currency manipulator is exactly how China has gotten away scott-free for decades without any firm repercussions.


When asked about the current Solyndra pay-for-play scandal where half a billion tax dollars were funneled into Democratic campaign coffers, Obama stayed on message in denying any wrong-doing, and also said it is up to the Dept. of Energy to take these risks on behalf of the taxpayer in so many words. FYI, Mr. President, the political appointees in fact, do not have authorization to “make bets” with taxpayer dollars any where in the U.S. Constitution. As a much-ballyhooed Constitutional scholar, one would think you would know better than to to try to sell that load of bunk there.


President Obama once again defended his political operative over at the DOJ,  Eric Holder in trying to convince the public that Holder knew nothing about the Fast and Furious government-sponsored gun-running program that resulted in the murder of 2 border agents and hundreds of citizens .E-mails and other correspondence prove Holder and the Obama administration were in fact informed about that program and allowed it to proceed. Again we see that President Obama refuses to hold anyone accountable for this travesty of injustice. Simply denying the facts will not make it go away Mr. President, as you are starting to see by Rep. Darell Issa now demanding a special prosecutor, promising to “get to the bottom of it, no matter what it takes.”

 

President Obama took some parting shots again at the GOP towards the end of his latest TV appearance, where he demanded that they tell him what they do not agree with in his jobs plan several Republicans have already expressed these concerns, but maybe Obama missed them, considering he has been on the campaign trail for the better part of two straight weeks now. As a voting citizen, I have one simple problem with Obama’s supposed jobs plan and a very simple way to solve what I see as the biggest problem with his supposed desire to “create or save” jobs in America. Pass the bill on one condition: Every contract funded by this jobs bill must be put up for bids in order to ensure the taxpayer gets the most bang for their buck. That way, all of the infrastructure, road-building and new construction projects in Obama’s new jobs plan, will not be used to buy Union crony-capitalists votes for his 2012 reelection campaign. What say you Congress? Draw up the amendment and then take that message to “We the people” that you will in fact, pass Obama’s jobs bill as long as it does not cut out the 85% of the workers in this country who do not belong to Unions.  That’s all Obama’s latest stimulus plan 2.0 is, that he is trying to sell to Congress so heavily recently.  As far as We the People running Republicans out of town if they don’t pass your fake jobs bill, the main target to be run out of town as of right now is you Mr, President, which is backed up the recent number of your very own 55% disapproval ratings show. Gosh, how I hate having to watch these retreads of Obama’s campaign speeches that always contain a heavy dose of blaming everything under the sun for his blatant failures as the leader of this country, instead of taking one ounce of responsibility. 2012 just can’t get here fast enough.

 

 

Meet the FFB: The Largest D. C. Slush Fund Ever: Part 1

Way back in 1973, Congress created another apparent political money-laundering, graft, and bribery payout-machine, (using our tax dollars) titled  The Federal Financing Bank. (FFB) As always, when Congress creates a new way to try to steal more money from the working class taxpayers,( while trying to keep them from finding out about it ) they come up with wonderful, serious-sounding "mission statements" like the following supposed explanation of what the FFB was created for:

Federal Financing Bank The Federal Financing Bank (FFB) is a government corporation, created by Congress in 1973 under the general supervision of the Secretary of the Treasury. The FFB was established to centralize and reduce the cost of federal borrowing, as well as federally-assisted borrowing from the public. The FFB was also established to deal with federal budget management issues which occurred when off-budget financing flooded the government securities market with offers of a variety of government-backed securities that were competing with Treasury securities. Today the FFB has statutory authority to purchase any obligation issued, sold, or guaranteed by a federal agency to ensure that fully guaranteed obligations are financed efficiently

Congress created our Treasury Department in 1789 and then in 1913 created the Federal Reserve as a new U. S. central banking system.  If both the Treasury and the Federal Reserve are doing their jobs correctly, then why would congress decide to create The Federal Financing Bank in 1973?  The answer to that is the fact that there was no valid reason for creating the FFB, other than to obscure and hide the massive slush fund that Congress has given themselves in order to buy  votes and increase their power over the people.  (with your money)  I also find it highly hypocritical that certain politicians demand an audit of the Federal Reserve while ignoring this Congressional money-shifting-mafia style taxpayer-abusing fraudulent loan shark program called the FFB. One look at their July 2011 statement and we start to get a real idea of just how the tyrants of Congress view OUR tax dollars as their personal political piggy banks to buy some votes here, give relatives and friends a few billion there, all the while doing their best to make it difficult for the average taxpayer to recognize it as taxpayer abuse and fraud by creating another banking entity, and therefore creating another difficult paper trail to investigate. For the readers who do not click the link to the FFB page,  I shall include a few sections of just what they have been up to in the month of July of 2011, alone.  Note: This is the end of Sept, and we have YET to see the numbers for the FFB in August. They certainly know they are being scrutinized today for being the middleman in the Solyndra scandal among other things, so one could imagine the effort they will put into "creating" a nice clean August report, whenever they decide to grace us with that information.  First of all, how many readers even knew that the loan-sharks at the FFB "loaned" the USPS money every single day in July, 2011? Wait, I made a mistake there. The FFB loaned the USPS money every single day in July that they were open,  but sometimes,  like on July 13th,   for example, they loaned them money four times, not just once. Look right  here, if you do not believe the information stated in this article. The FFB takes however much money it wants from the U. S. Treasury and then "loans" it out as it sees fit, with little to zero Congressional oversight or input. This is mafia-style loan sharking except for one big difference: The mafia-don actually loans out his own money at super high interest rates. while the mobsters of Congress just take the taxpayer’s money from them to "loan" it out as they see fit, and if that loan goes to a relative or crony-capitalist such as Solyndra, they do not even charge them 1% interest!  Add to that the fact that Congress also often  "forgives" the interest rates on loans made to crony-capitalists, political vote buyers, and certain "colleges of color."  That’s right, as in this statement from a Fox News article by Elizabeth MacDonald yesterday, that first called my attention to the Congressional mafia-style loan sharking going on at the FFB:

For instance, the FFB has been hit with losses on loans to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, loans the Agriculture Dept. received to service rural utilities. The Agriculture Dept. is stiffing the FBB on interest it owes on these loans, a cumulative $1.7 billion in losses here.

The bank also lets the General Services Administration [GSA], as well as “Historically Black Colleges and Universities,” and the Veteran Administration slide on interest costs on their loans, too. The bank lets them defer interest costs “on their loans until future periods,” the KMPG report say.

So now our Congress thinks itself to be so all-powerful that it can break Federal anti-discrimination laws in Federal loan programs and favor one college over another based on the color of the skin of their students, and decide to forgive, or delay proper payment of the interest due on their taxpayer-funded loans. Notice how the Solyndra loans ( in link above) were  given out at a measely .01% interest rate there? The loan sharks of Congress dish out over a half a billion tax dollars to largely Democratic campaign donors, and then decide to basically do it for free? With our money. Just who in the hell do these people think they are here?  Congress has now given themselves the power to use taxpayer money to enrich themselves, their friends and relatives, and dole out billions of taxpayer dollars to phony companies and assorted dysfunctional entities like in the Solyndra Scandal of late. YES SOLYNDRA received loans from the FFB.

The FFB was akin to the mafia loan shark on the street who handed Solyndra the bag with half a billion taxpayer bucks in it, knowing darn good and well that they would be bankrupt in very short order as reports had told them YEARS before, when they were originally denied taxpayer funding by Congress and the GWB administration. Then the mafia Don, in this case the Democratic Party of tyrants in Congress, when told that Solyndra has went bankrupt and the taxpayers will not get any money back,  just shrugs his head and tells the loan collection agents not to worry about it, as it wasn’t their personal  money that was lost, it was just money he/they had stolen from the people to begin with. ( in taxes)  Easy come easy go, according to the Congressional loan sharks of today. Ms. MacDonald goes on to further show how this loan sharking "Bank" was flat broke in 2008, and yet has given out some 61 billion dollars in loans ( In just the month of July 2011 ) while Barack Obama and  the fake Democrats were ruling all of Congress. While Republicans have probably been up to their necks in this Congressional loan sharking scam in the past, thanks to the Solyndra scandal, we now see that it is mainly  Democrats who have been caught red-handed in the most recent episode of the FFB loan-sharking scheme of the past 3 years.

This little-known government bank, the Federal Financing Bank [FFB], had a zero balance in 2008 for green energy projects, but now, with little Congressional oversight, it is giving out billions of dollars in loans to White House pet projects often at dirt-cheap interest rates below 1% , plus the bank is funding the insolvent U.S. Post Office; the White House’s expensive green car projects at Ford Motor, Nissan and Tesla Motors; a $485 million loan to an expensive solar project that’s lost $160 million over the last three years that’s backed by Google, BP and Chevron; plus the FFB is funding the teetering HOPE housing bailout program, which gives delinquent mortgage borrowers breaks on their loans.

And if that isn’t enough to get your blood boiling yet, we now see the Agriculture department getting in on the pay-to-play loan sharking fraud from within the the FFB:

And according to KPMG’s audit report of the bank, the FFB is losing billions of dollars in taxpayer money because it is forgoing collecting interest costs on already inexpensive loans that are financing projects at agencies like the Agriculture Dept.

Ms. MacDonald takes it one step further in explaining that what should really have the taxpayers concerned is the fact that the loan sharking Tyrants of Congress  have now empowered themselves  through the The FFB to "borrow unlimited amounts of taxpayer money from the Treasury for these kinds of political pet projects. Under the 1973 “FFB Act, the bank may, with the approval of the Secretary, borrow without limit from the Treasury,” says the bank’s audited statements from KPMG." (emphasis mine) Considering that today’s Secretary of the Treasury is proven tax dodging felon Timothy Geitner,  it is of little comfort to the American taxpayers that all that Congress needs to access billions of dollars of the people’s money for their loan-sharking enterprise known as the FFB,  is Mr. Geitner’s approval. "The Treasury Department’s inspector general is now investigating the bank over its $528 million loan to Solyndra. FFB’s chairman of the board is Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, and the bank’s board executives are Treasury officials." How many treasury executives did you people vote into office in 2010? If you said zero you get a star, as the U.S. Treasury is a bunch of political appointees who do not have the authority to bypass the U. S. Congress in giving out taxpayer funded loans. Clear enough Mr Geitner and company? Just because the past clowns of congress in 1973 decided to create this loan sharking bank at taxpayer’s expense does not make it Constitutional. Period.

 Most people go about their lives not concerned about things like this government loan sharking scam until someone gets killed or seriously hurt by it, as in the current Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal where our very own government enabled drug cartels to purchase assault weapons resulting in the murder of border agents and hundreds of citizens in the U.S. and Mexico. By then its usually too late, the innocent citizens are dead and buried, and, in the case of the FFB,  all the money has been stolen to never be seen again.   Even then, after the fraud, graft, loan sharking and outright theft of their hard earned money is exposed as it is right here, they say well you can’t fight the government so, oh well. The problem with that is that the end result will be that eventually all the money will be gone, America will default on her $15 trillion dollars of debt, and there will be chaos in the streets due to shortages of common everyday necessities,  such as food and shelter. This is not over-stated fear-mongering, but is in fact, a serious dose of the reality of what is happening in American politics today. When this country becomes insolvent, chaos will ensue, and society will become unstable.  Similar examples of the dangers of  common  types of loan-sharking that ends up hurting everyday people, can be seen in the mafia wars in NYC and across the nation in past history. The mafia employed loan sharks who mainly used unscrupulous tactics to take advantage of poor people who otherwise could not afford a loan. In the case of the FFB loan to Solyndra, Congress was told they were a bad risk to lend money to, but Democrats could not resist the chance to fluff up their campaign coffers with a few billion tax dollars, while also getting the head Democrat, one Barack Obama on national TV to be seen by millions of Americans promoting the "Successful Solyndra Solar Company."  Hint to the eventual Republican presidential candidate  winner in 2012: The video clip of Barack Obama while actually giving a speech touting the validity of green energy companies at the now bankrupt Solyndra Solar company will make a wonderful campaign ad in 2012. Oh yes we can.

 

The people of NYC were also living in fear at one point in history from the mob bosses and their loan sharks, as their power increased and the blood ran deep in the streets on a daily basis during their power struggles. Loan sharks would break legs and arms if you couldn’t pay up, unless they decided to just make you disappear altogether for being unable to pay up in full.  As the power struggle during the mafia wars ratcheted up, many innocent people were killed when they were caught up in the gunfire. The people saw that  as the mob’s power increased, life got worse and worse for them, and they were not even free to walk the streets safely at night. Murder became commonplace during the height of the mafia wars in America. Today, the blatant theft of our tax dollars is now becoming commonplace, due  to political greed and the career politician’s quest for more power over the people.

These acts of tax dollar thievery such as the loan-sharking scam at the FFB will eventually add to the already very dangerous debt load and impending insolvency of  America.  Billions are being stolen under the guise of government loans and bailouts, and eventually the people will have to make a stand by changing their government at it’s core, and the way they allow them to handle their business. We have already seen the theft of almost a trillion taxpayer dollars in the form of the stimulus bill of 2009, in which we were promised by Barack Obama, that all those taxpayer dollars  would keep unemployment under 8%. Over two years later, we see little to no actual accounting of all that money, but in fact we currently see between 15 and 20 million Americans either unemployed or underemployed as they struggle to make ends meet. The stimulus program was just another government loan-sharking scheme where the taxpayer got screwed while the politicians friends in the unions, their crony-capitalists in the green energy scams, and their direct and indirect relatives enriched themselves to the detriment of our economy. ( More on a big name politician involved in this fraud to come in part 2 ) This was also the very reason that Barack Obama and company directed all Democrats and their media puppets to stop using the word "stimulus" in public recently.  Americans got wise to that scam in 2010,  so politicians turned to their other loan-sharking scam known as the FFB, and started doling out taxpayer dollars through it in a pathetic attempt to obscure their obvious theft of billions of hard-earned tax dollars once again. Will the FFB  government loan-sharking fraud ever be honestly investigated in the United States Congress in the near future?  Considering that this so-called bank was set up for the sole purpose of enabling politicians to use it as a way to bypass certain aspects of Congressional accountability as to how our tax dollars are being spent, the answer to that question has to be an emphatic NO.

 

I,d like to personally thank Ms. Elizabeth MacDonald of Fox Business for having the fortitude and courage to originally report on the FFB, which should be more aptly titled the Congressional Loan-Sharking Criminal Enterprise of America. In Part 2 of this expose’ on the FFB Congressional loan sharking we will take it a step further, and show you just what your tax dollars have been funding through the FFB, and just which honorable members of our government have ties to the latest episodes of the FFB slush fund loan sharking at taxpayer expense saga. 

Updated info alert: Apparently the FBB exposure piece done by Ms MacDonald has drawn some damage control rhetoric from none other than than "someone" in the U.S. government. They had her change some tiny aspects of her article. Here is the link:  http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2011/09/28/government-bank-financing-more-solyndras/  The petty reasons for the minor changes in her article do not in any way change the fact that this is a Congressional-loan-sharking-criminal-enterprise using taxpayer dollars unconstitutionally ! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Democratic Attack Machine Files False Ethics Charges Against Darrell Issa

As we draw nearer to the 2012 elections, we see some new and some various retreads of old front groups for the Democratic Attack Machine popping up on a weekly basis. The latest group of far left Liberal propagandists to crawl out of the swamp today is in the form of the cutesy sounding progressive political activist group, American Family Voices. (AFV) The AFV has filed ethics charges against Congressman Darrell Issa, in this TheHill.com article today:

A liberal advocacy group is filing an ethics complaint against Rep. Darrell Issa, alleging that the California Republican has repeatedly used his public office for personal gain. The five-page complaint, which was obtained by The Hill, accuses Issa of using his position as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to add to his multimillion-dollar fortune. An Issa spokesman on Monday said the allegations have absolutely no merit and are part of a smear campaign spearheaded by the White House

( emphasis mine)

Rep issa is the chairman of the Government oversight committee that has been uncovering the massive cover-up known as The fast and Furious ATF/DOJ-approved sale of assault weapons to Mexican drug cartels. That scandal goes all the way up to the front door of the White House, and these fake ethics charges are an attempt to get Issa to back off. These exact same false ethics charges were originally drummed up in The New York Times and refuted by Rep. Issa in a line by line letter demanding corrections or a complete retraction. It isn’t too difficult to see that this false set of charges comes not from a grassroots group of “Family Voices”, as these propagandists would like you to believe, but instead come straight from the D.A.M. ( Democratic Attack Machine)

Just who is running American Family Voices today? First let’s Meet AFV President Mike Lux. From his very own bio:

Mike Lux is the co-founder and President of Progressive Strategies. Since starting the company, Mike has launched a number of important projects, including American Family Voices, an issue advocacy group working on pocketbook issues for American families; and the Progressive Donor Network, which works to coordinate a network of individual donors, issue advocacy groups, and top flight political consultants and strategists

To spell that bio out for everyone, that simply spells out D. A. M., as in the Democratic Attack Machine of the last decade. Progressive Liberal propagandists posing as legitimate members of the Democratic Party of years gone by.

Meet the AFV Secretary- Treasurer, one Amy Pritchard. Surely this is a stay at home mother that is only working at AFV to ensure her motherly family voice gets heard in Washington today right? American Family Voices is what that group’s name implies. These progressive propagandists love to brag about their involvement in Socialistic progressive groups, like here at amypritchard.com: :

Amy Pritchard is a Progressive Democratic Political Consultant and entrepreneur. In 2003, Pritchard founded Democratic GAIN (www.Democraticgain.org) – an association for Democratic and Progressive Political Professionals – and current serves as its President. Democratic GAIN supports individuals and organizations through training, mentoring, professional benefits and employment services.She is the DC Office Director of Mission Control, a direct mail firm which works with Democratic candidates, party committees, initiative and referendum campaigns, trade associations, labor unions and public ( Union) interest groups. In 2004 she took a leave from her consulting to serve full time as the Political Director of the Democratic National Committee In 1995, Pritchard managed the successful state-wide campaign to defeat an anti-gay ballot initiative in Maine. From 1997-1998 Pritchard served as the Midwest and Northeast Political Director at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

As we can see from Ms. Pritchard’s long list of extensive positions within the D. A. M. exposed above, she is anything BUT a representative of grassroots concerned family voices as they would like you to think when you hear the cutesy name American Family Voices. She is, in fact a long term Progressive propagandist out to promote the decline of family values and American exceptionalism while promoting the idiotic progressive Socialist Utopia. In the paragraph above, we see Ms. Progressive Pritchard bragging on her bio page on how she was successful in defeating a state-wide anti-gay ballot initiative in Maine way back in 1995. Isn’t it quite difficult to infer that you represent American Family Voices while promoting the gay agenda that in fact does not include natural parenthood? Ms. Pritchard fills out her bio as follows:

Pritchard also has grassroots lobbying and organizing experience, having worked for the Human Rights Campaign, Service Employees International Union and the American Psychological Association.

There we see the always present UNION promotion that these progressive propagandist organizations are always involved with. Both of these progressive political operatives that now represent the American Family Voices both have roots that go all the way back to the Clinton/Gore campaigns also. maybe that explains as, just like most of these progressive radicals, they never seem to have had time for a real family that includes child rearing, as it is absent in both their bios referenced here. Or maybe they just got a little too heavily involved in their gay rights activism to raise a family ? American Family Voices is a perfect example of just how low these progressive propagandists will go to hide behind cutesy group names while actually running around the country promoting their brand of radical change that is heavily based on the failed Socialistic policies throughout world history. As a footnote here, Amy Pritchard’s twitter page has her bragging about currently being in EGYPT. Promoting Obama’s much-talked about Arab spring there Amy?

Now that we see just who is behind the false ethics charges against Rep Darrell Issa, we can see just what the agenda is and where the orders/cash came from to promote that grabage. Barack Hussein Obama, Eric Holder and the DOJ, and the DNC, all with pre-planned help from The New York Times. We must not allow this attempt at intimidating Rep. Issa to continue. It is high time to make a stand and bring these AFV members of the D.A.M. into court for defamation of character at the least. Maybe a judgement of a few million dollars against these propagandists and political operatives will let them know that we will not put up with this kind of smear campaign from anyone, including the one giving the marching orders to the DNC progressives today, Mr. Barack Hussein Obama.

Blame It On Pandora

In class a couple weeks ago, we read the myth of Pandora to the students because they showed the holy grail of teaching (interest), in the subject.  As it was being read I was struck by many questions. Since suffering existed even when it was imprisoned in Pandora’s box, did people feel it still? Was it that humankind now had a name for the phenomenon? Was it simply human knowledge and understanding that sprung fourth much like the story of the apple in Genesis? I believe it is so. The curse the story speaks of is simply knowledge.  The curse is no curse, for what you don’t know, what you don’t see, and what you refuse to admit can hurt you, and everyone around you. Zeus was not angry at Pandora for opening the box, because he knew she had been given all the gifts of the gods. Eventually, her compassion was used against her by the contents of the box and she was tricked into opening it.

That is not the only way to look at the story.  Pandora can easily be blamed for the evils released upon man, even though she neither made them nor stored them so haphazardly. She’s the silly person who asked too many questions, the curious cat, the sinful and dangerous eve. It’s a simple and trite way to see it, but unfortunately also valid- valid enough that the construct has been used by the U.S. left since President Obama won the office of the Presidency. The plan is simple, put reality in a box and blame Pandora when she opens it.

The curious case of Representative Anthony Weiner is a good start. At the start of the saga was an extraordinarily inappropriate tweet sent from his Twitter account with an accompanying picture. He claimed shortly after through another tweet he was hacked. His evasive and immature behavior after, as well as his refusal to call for an investigation and his hiring of a lawyer were obvious signs of guilt but many chose to believe his story anyway. To rationalize their belief, they went straight after Pandora. The Pandoras in our first case being, an anonymous tweeter who captured the tweet and Andrew Breitbart, of course, who else? Mr. Breitbart was accused of hacking the Representative’s account and posting the picture. No actual evidence ever existed to support that theory, except for more theories.  When Representative Weiner finally admitted to what happened and more, many well-known people who believed Representative Weiner’s initial claim and accused others of severe federal crimes could hardly even muster a sardonic and backhanded apology. For good reason, they didn’t want to know the truth, they were angry at Pandora for opening the box. Yet another box remains, the fact that his behavior showed a quick and sociopathic tendency to lie and infer guilt onto others to protect himself, a lack of morality and an extreme capacity for stupidity. This box is being opened, and you can already hear Jeanine Garofalo baying at the light shed. In her herd, nobody likes Pandora.

The young James O’Keefe is another example. He created those undercover videos of Planned Parenthood, Acorn and other organizations. A youthful firebrand who has made some mistakes in his process, he was instantaneously attacked. While Planned Parenthood continued on even though the video shows clearly an instantaneous and un-questioning support for criminals of the worst kind, the kind of support that is reflective of active policy. If those people cared, they would have had the local Police Department waiting outside the door to arrest what they thought was a child pimp. They wouldn’t wait a couple of hours and contact the Department of Justice (our most liberal D.O.J. in history). According to the left wing the story was more about James O’Keefe, for the purposes of directing attention away from what happened and on to the narrative that anyone who is right on the spectrum is a bad person.

Representative Darrell Issa is another key example. Issa has been working hard to uncover information on project “Fast and Furious”, which pumped illegal weapons into the Mexican Cartels to “track” them, even though there was no plan of action to track them. Whether created out of shear stupidity or for political reasons, we don’t know yet. Multiple people have been killed with the guns willfully allowed to the cartels. The media, after ignoring the story for around a year, have finally started to report on it. Yet again, the focus of the mainstream media, was on Darrell Issa. A full out attack was enacted by liberal propaganda websites going after his criminal record when he was younger. He was convicted of a weapons charge and was charged with auto-theft, but that charge was dropped. This all happened in the early 70’s. Issa’s criminal past is important, at election time, but I find it odd that people wish for that to be the story while we have Americans getting murdered by weapons the government purposely flowed to the cartels. It really is “Iran Contra” on steroids. Darrell Issa became another Pandora ripe for attack for that reason.

There is a new Pandora just recently created through our Debt Ceiling battle in the legislative branch. Throughout the battle the left claimed that if the debt ceiling was not raised they would be downgraded. When the downgrade was made by Standard and Poor’s, the left chose to attack the rating agency. Even though none of the suggestions given by the agency were used. Oddly enough while claiming Standard and Poor’s is wrong the left is blaming the downgrade on the Tea party. Standard and Poor’s simply gave their opinion, which is their job, but that opinion based on the reality of the situation opened another box the left needs to be ignored.

Politics of personal destruction, blame it on Pandora. Thought terminating cliché,Ignoratio elenchi and red herrings are the weaponry being used. You have to see it to defeat it. Support all Pandoras regardless of what they uncover. If you have an issue with it go after the information, not the person. We cannot fall into the rut the left has lived in. You need to try to love those you disagree with, never try to do what the left has done to Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin and anyone who confronts them or threatens them. Bring it to the battlefield of ideas, ignore the middle school clique mentality.

Fannie and Freddie Fatcats Still Raking in Taxpayer Dollars. $35M in Bonuses

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac executives raked in over $35 million dollars in bonuses while sucking another $153 BILLION dollars out of taxpayers for being nothing more than an epic failure.

A report issued Thursday by the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s Office of the Inspector General shed some light on the following payoffs for incompetence, ineptitude or just plain theft of taxpayer dollars:

  • At Fannie Mae (Federal National Mortgage Association), its chief executive officer received $9.3 million in total compensation in 2009 and 2010, the report reveals. The CEO is Michael J. Williams, who joined the company in 1991.
  • At Freddie Mac (Federal Home Loan Mortgage Association), CEO Charles E. Haldeman Jr., former head of Putnam Investments, made $7.8 million in the two years since the company was taken over by the federal government.
  • Fannie Mae’s chief financial officer made $4.6 million, and its chief accounting officer/general counsel received $4.5 million.
  • At Freddie Mac, the CFO made $3.9 million, and the general counsel/secretary received $5.1 million
  • In all, the top six executives made $35.4 million. Meanwhile, total losses at the two companies could reach $363 billion through 2013, according to government estimates.

So who just keeps on authorizing these huge bonuses for the wholesale theft and abuse of taxpayer dollars? What the Federal Housing Authority  bureaucrats of course! Why does this kind of taxpayer dollar theft continue?  It is called Crony-Capitalism and is explained in detail here.

The stated mission of the FHFA responsible for this kind of fraud would be laughable, if not for the seriousness of this longtime Fannie and Freddie theft of taxpayer dollars. Their mission is *supposed* to be, to ensure that the fat-cat bonuses paid out to Senior execs at Fannie and Freddie are “reasonable.”   The taxpayers are on the hook for a total of $363 Billion dollars through 2013, and they give over $35 billion dollars to the people perpetuating this fraud under the guise of it being “reasonable?”  The FHFA Inspector general now says that Fannie and Freddie should install written criteria and procedures for performance evaluation in order to figure out what bonuses, if any, would be “reasonable” for these crony-capitalists. Oh Really? Why in the hell isn’t that type of system already in place ? So they just take $35 million tax dollars in bonuses, with no system in place to see if they actually earned it, and Congress is sitting on their hands letting this continue for decades.

Darrell Issa is the chairman of the House Government oversight committee, and where is he on this “oversight” of executive bonuses at Fannie and Freddie?  I am getting sick and tired of all these theatrical investigations in Congress that NEVER end up accomplishing a damn thing!  There is no stoppage of the theft of tax dollars over at Fannie and Freddie, even though we have seen what,  30, 40, or 50 so-called ” investigations ? ” If any action is ever taken, it is so ludicrous that it hurts me to even type it, such as giving someone a $50,000 fine for stealing 3 or 4 million in tax dollars.

U.S. taxpayers are on the hook for over $363 BILLION dollars through 2013, thanks to the corrupt fatcats over at Fannie and Freddie. Those same crony-capitalistic thieves were rewarded for their incompetence/ corruption with over $35 million dollars of your hard earned money. Think about that, as you write out that income tax payment check this month.

Crony-Capitalism Gone Wild !

Crony capitalism * is a term describing an allegedly capitalist economy in which success in business depends on close relationships between business people and government officials. It may be exhibited by favoritism in the distribution of legal permits, government grants, special tax breaks, and so forth.

Crony capitalism is believed to arise when political cronyism spills over into the business world; self-serving friendships and family ties between businessmen and the government influence the economy and society to the extent that it corrupts public-serving economic and political ideals.

Pictured at left is a very good example of  Crony-Capitalism in it’s most extreme from. Sitting next to Barack Hussein Obama is Mr. Jeffrey Immelt, the current CEO of General Electric.  Obama appointed this crony as the head of another of his do-nothing community organizing-type commissions,  this time it was the  Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.  With G.E.’s history of being the biggest U.S. Job Exporter in history, I find it astounding that Immelt/G.E.  is on this council. Maybe this council should be more aptly titled the Council on how to Export U.S. Jobs overseas and further crush the American economy ?   Mr Immelt was also present when the President of China was given a warm, communism-promoting state dinner in our very own whitehouse earlier this year. Several Media outlets made sure to point out the fact that Immelt is a Republican who gave to both political factions in 2008, while using this fake Council on Jobs announcement to try to make people think Obama is a born-again Capitalist, instead of the far-left ideologue he has proven to be over the last two years of trying to destroy capitalism in America.  Also of note here, is what kind of a Republican would have given money to elect a far left ideologue like Obama back in 2008?  Certain types of  greedy capitalists tend to vote for both sides of the aisle, especially when climbing into bed with the U.S. Government to enrich themselves through Crony-Capitalism is their end goal.

Recently in the news, we saw some shocking reports on how G.E. and Mr. Immelt were shown the favoritism inherent within the Crony-Capitalism of the Obama administration today, in the fact that they will not pay any taxes on over $14 million dollars in profits. In fact, they filed for a $3.2 Billion dollar rebate from the taxpayers! Check out this short video, which is  sure to make your blood boil as you are trying to write  out that tax payment check out soon !

In another version of Obama’s Crony-Capitalism Gone Wild, we have the infamousHealthcare waiver handouts to Obama supporters and assorted  crony campaign puppet organizations. The total number of crony waivers handed out to allow certain people to not have to obey the Obamacare laws is now over 1000, involving  protectionism for over 2.4 million of “his” people. The U.S. House of Representatives held hearings in trying to determine how Obama’s Socialist healthcare puppet, Katherine Sebelius figures out who qualifies for the Obamacare waivers. The Heritage Foundation outlines it all here, in which the following comes to light:

” Darrell Issa (R-CA), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, further questioned the fairness of the application process. He noted that HHS bureaucrats know exactly what company’s application they are reviewing and whether they are union plans. This has arguably led to the disproportional acceptance of waiver application from large corporations and unions. Haislmaier further emphasized that the use of a waiver process has led to a system that is based not on “the rule of law” but rather on “the rule of who you know.”

When discussing Crony-Capitalism Gone Wild and Obamacare waivers , we must not leave the Unions out of the discussion here. RealClearPolitics shines some sunlight on that here, in which the extended arm of Organizing for Barack in 2012 gets some exposure:

” Most noteworthy: One-fourth of all the waivers (182) so far have gone to Big Labor groups across the country.”

And the Service Employees International Union, which poured $60 million into Democratic/Obama coffers in 2008 and millions more into the campaign for the federal health care takeover, added four new affiliates to the waiver list: SEIU Local 2000 Health and Welfare Fund, representing 161 enrollees; SEIU 32BJ North Health Benefit Fund, representing 7,020 enrollees; SEIU Local 300, Civil Service Forum Employees Welfare Fund, representing 2,000 enrollees; and SEIU Health & Welfare Fund, representing 1,620 enrollees.

That’s in addition to three other previous SEIU waiver winners: Local 25 SEIU in Chicago with 31,000 enrollees; Local 1199 SEIU Greater New York Benefit Fund with 4,544 enrollees; and SEIU Local 1 Cleveland Welfare Fund with 520 enrollees. This brings the total number of Obamacare-promoting SEIU Obamacare refugees to an estimated 45,000 workers represented by seven SEIU locals.

The liberal ideologues and their Puppet-Master Obama, along with extra funding from the economic terrorist George Soros and his propaganda arms such as Media Matters, are digging in deep for the 2012 election battle.  All the money and propaganda in the world can no longer hide the fact that they are nothing more than  groups of ragtag anti-American community organizers hell bent on destroying this country. There are 586 days until the 2012 elections, so lets make every singleone of them count, and keep on exposing the anti-American agenda of the leftist ideologues and Obama.  The 2012 elections will make the 2010 massive beat-down of the leftist agenda look like small potatoes, when the hordes of fed-up Patriot Americans hit the polls!

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Tax Evasion [Audio]

*http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crony_capitalism