Document Dump---Work in Progress
The moral decay began with Bill Clinton. And while Republicans were soiled with the likes of Mark Foley and California’s Duke Cunningham, the power structure change in 2006 brought in a slew of corrupt Democrats who thought they were invincible. Rod Blagojevich’s shaking down a Children’s Hospital for 25 thousand was the final straw among many that forced the former Governor to face prosecution:
“The bribery, racketeering, wire fraud and extortion charges go back to the heart of the case, that government can’t trade state action for political gain, the prosecution argued.
On the bribery charges, they asked, did defendants seek to scheme to defraud the public out of honest services? Bribery can occur indirectly or directly; it doesn’t have to be clearly stated. It’s the message that’s important, they said, not the specific words. A government official cannot exchange state action for something of value, as in cash, a new job, campaign contributions, etc.
The prosecution said every time in this case, state action was linked to some political gain for Blagojevich in exchange for the act……”
Charlie Rangel appears to be getting the “slap on the wrist” for years of ethics troubles by his Democrat peers. The man sees no problem with hidden bank accounts and unreported earnings
Mr. Rangel's amended financial disclosure form, which exposes omissions from his 2002 through 2006 records, is a treasure trove of outrage. He neglected to report a checking account with the Congressional Federal Credit Union and one with Merrill Lynch, each valued between $250,000 and $500,000; the tens of thousands of dollars he's earning from dividends from a number of mutual funds and stocks; and the money made from the sale of a Harlem townhouse. As a result, Mr. Rangel's reported net worth doubled, from between $516,015 and $1,316,000 to between $1,028,024 and $2,495,000. link
Rangel’s troubles even prompted President Obama to chime in on the issue, calling the allegations against Rangel “very troubling”:
In a CBS interview, President Obama called the allegations "very troubling," but offered an otherwise sympathetic assessment that referred to the Harlem legend in the past tense.
"Charlie Rangel served a very long time and served his constituents very well," Obama said. "He's somebody who's at the end of his career. ... I'm sure that what he wants is to be able to end his career with dignity. And my hope is that it happens."
We all know about this “hope” stuff Mr. Obama, but on this one we’re with ya.
Throw in Maxine Waters, (also up on ethics charges), and the Joe Sestak/White House job offers, Mr. Obama’s Chicago style government is “very troubling” indeed.
One could say the Democrats are having a tough year. They’ve found no sanctuary at their own town hall meetings, finding a majority demanding that they rein in spending. Ignoring the “request” from their own constituents, Democrats have spent 1.4 trillion in unfunded debt, (raising the Federal Debt to over 13 trillion), added the most colossal entitlement in one hundred years, (ObamaCare), by cramming the unpopular legislation down the throats of a 60% public majority who rejected the “idea”. Hoping to maintain their jobs, the Democrats have funded their largest campaign contributors (organized labor/unions) to the tune of billions---all at the taxpayer’s expense. Throw in the 10% unemployment rate, (15% to 20% in some regions), and a set of economic indicators predicting our debt to become 100% of GDP by 2025, and you’ve got a recipe for long-term financial disaster. (GDP stats:
What has President Obama done?
For starters, how about an executive order shutting down all oil production in the northern hemisphere.
Or, how about a new deficit commission supplanting the responsibilities of Congress. Further, both of the co-chairmen of Obama’s debt and deficit commission have already issued a sobering warning to the President’s budgetary direction:
BOSTON -- The co-chairmen of President Obama's debt and deficit commission offered an ominous assessment of the nation's fiscal future here Sunday, calling current budgetary trends a cancer "that will destroy the country from within" unless checked by tough action in Washington.
Instead, the President and the Democrats are heading full steam ahead in their spending agenda, ignoring these warnings and claiming the economy is “heading in the right direction”, (which the adoring liberal media repeated in every news broadcast on Friday as Obama toured his new government motor industry) Using the hollow deception of pay-go, (legislation the Democrats passed and Obama signed into law), not one piece of legislation has been funded correctly because it all falls under the exception of “emergency spending”. But, of course, all of this emergency spending is inherited.
Forget that the Democrats have been in full power since 2007. Forget the corruption that’s eating away our political process. Forget that California will be asking for another 20 billion in bailout funds to stay solvent, (or a number of other states also on the brink of bankruptcy looking for billions in Federal funds). Forget that runaway spending is putting this nation on the brink of complete financial ruin.
Grab a golf club and hit the links!
NOTE: THIS POST IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION AND WILL BE REVISED SEVERAL TIMES BEFORE COMMITTING TO FINAL DRAFT.