Election Results Have the Media Buzzing

September 15th, 2010

As usual, the news media and left wingers try to demonize those who disagree with them. Character assassinations are always popular when you do not know what else to say or do, so try to discredit the opposition. It has already started with the first elections and primaries this month.  The media is trying to discredit the Tea Party, but they miss the point. The core issue is being ignored in this election season, and as long as that is the case, Dems and Repubs alike will continue to get tossed out of office. The “opposition” is not a Democrat, a Republican or a Tea Party member. The opposition, or the “dirty word” when running for office this year and in the immediate future is  “incumbency”, regardless of right, left or centrist position.

You could call the Tea Party by any name, be conservative or liberal, and they would be winning elections only because there are tens of millions of voters WHO ARE FED UP WITH D.C. and will vote for anyone who has no political history. We NEED a clean sweep…people are crying for a clean sweep. We have NO CONFIDENCE in DC for leadership, for competency or for making decisions that SERVE the people of this country. We KNOW that politicians have sold out OUR COUNTRY’S FUTURE for the purpose of pushing their own idealogy or enhancing their power/wealth, and “the public be damned”. Time for a change…and the change is already happening. Only this time, “change” will not be  political rhetoric or a campaign slogan. It will be a mantra for voters, with real results, not empty words. The American people are much smarter than Washingtonian bureaucrats give us credit for, and we already see the results of not ours, but our elected leaders stupidity. Just keep demonizing everyone and you’ll all be packing up and moving further and further away from the Potomac.

You Hold the Key to Passage of HR3149

April 5th, 2010

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Millions of Your Fellow Americans are Depending on You . . .
Political pundits and both political parties along with the American media talk 24/7 about “corporate money and lobbyists” running Washington, yet for either party it seems to only be about the ulterior motive of control of power and never about “the people.” Then I read about watchdog groups and by and large they seem to have a political party agenda as well and never seem to be focused on “the people.” I’m hoping and praying that you have a conscience and really care about “the people” and are not part of the daily political gamesmanship played out in Washington. If you do have a conscience, then you simply cannot turn away from “the people” losing their homes, who have starving children and who I’m confident are losing their lives to suicide. The issue is the political corruption killing passage of HR3149: The Equal Employment for All Act that would make it illegal for employers to hire and fire based personal credit reports.

First the money trail:

Sources for the 2010 and 2008 Money Cycles:

House Committee on Financial Services (only)
http://hr3149.blogspot.com/2010/03/democracy-and-money-why-hr3149-is.html

Equifax:
http://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/pacgot.php?cmte=C00143867&cycle=2010

Trans Union:

http://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/pacgot.php?cmte=C00313700&cycle=2010

Experian:

http://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/pacgot.php?cmte=C00379768&cycle=2010

2008 Cycle:

Trans Union
http://www.congress.org/congressorg/bio/fec/?commid=C00313700&page=campaigns&order=TOTAL&cycle=2007-2008

Equifax
http://www.congress.org/congressorg/bio/fec/?commid=C00143867&page=campaigns&order=TOTAL&cycle=2007-2008

Experian
http://www.congress.org/congressorg/bio/fec/?commid=C00379768&page=campaigns&order=TOTAL&cycle=2007-2008

Even though I’m just a lowly average American citizen, I’m not so naïve as to not know that after reviewing the above links you’re presently splitting your sides laughing that I think the above represents real MONEY. Compared to what you’re used to seeing the amounts of money are a joke. Here is the part that is NOT so obvious, virtually no company or corporation wants HR3149 passed (because they think they own “the people” and their privacy). Now do you start to see the big picture? You know far better than I just how many millions of dollars that figure represents. Also please consider that the big three credit bureaus are not some huge defense contractor vying for some billion dollar contract against some other huge defense contractor. The only fear or competition the credit bureaus have for the ear of Congress is a lowly rag-tag group of common American citizens with no money and bad credit. A good Cuban cigar and some cocktails would by out our interests in Washington . . . the money is just a value add for selling us out.

The legislation was introduced way back last July and is still sitting stalled in the House Committee on Financial Services. In just the 2010 cycle alone (excluding 2008), members of Congress have accepted $258,000+ in PAC money from the big three credit bureaus in exchange for trying to kill HR3149. Just in the House Committee on Financial Services alone, during the 2010 cycle, almost half of its members (38+ %) stuffed their wallets with a total of $104,000+ in credit bureau PAC money. At the top of the money list, during the past two cycles, is Committee Chair Barney Frank who took $25,000 during in the 2008 cycle. This quid pro quo money for killing the legislation deal is NOT DEMOCRACY! With that said, the death of democracy pales in comparison to the suffering of the American people caught in a catch 22 of bad credit = no job and no job = bad credit.

In survey after survey, including a recent MSNBC survey, more than 90 percent of the American people say that workplace discrimination based upon someone’s personal credit report is wrong and should be illegal. The practice was always wrong and from the start has always been a gross invasion of Americans’ personal privacy. The information is used by employers to low ball wages and intimidate employees based upon the level of desperation depicted in their credit report – while employers use the smoke screen of saying the information is used to protect them from fraud and theft. It’s “the people” that need protection from corrupt politicians and dirty corporate money . . . not the other way around!

Does a private employer expose their financials or credit report to a new hire? Do they advise employees when they are getting ready to ship their jobs overseas or close their doors? Did someone applying at Enron know the books were being cooked before they quit a good job and then subsequently lost every dime in retirement money they had with Enron? It’s currently a one-way street all tilted to the corporate side of the table. Credit reports for employment are already illegal in three states, but that’s not solving the problem for the millions of other Americans being locked out of the workforce in a catch 22 of no job = bad credit and bad credit = no job.

NOT ONE SINGLE study or shred of evidence exists to demonstrate that Americans with damaged credit reports steal or commit fraud at a higher percentage than other Americans. If there were any correlation between a credit report and theft, then American CEOs such as Bernie Madoff, Ken Lewis, Kenneth Lay, Dennis Kozlowski, Bernard Ebbers and Richard Fuld wouldn’t be either already convicted or under investigation for “stealing” millions and millions from their companies. The American elite, Wall Street and Congress operate by different rules when it comes to credit reports, corruption and stealing. The more corrupt they become, the better their credit reports get while “the peoples” credit reports suffer to a point of never being allowed to work again.

Quite frankly, we’re almost out of time. A preliminary hearing was held a couple of weeks ago in the House Committee on Financial Services on credit issues in general – which means the HR3149 hearing could be announced at any time. The preliminary hearing was “kangaroo court” with seven corporate witnesses and one privacy advocate speaking on behalf of “the people.” If we can’t expose the money being funneled into the committee, it will be the same for HR3149 when the hearing occurs . . . a sham hearing with votes bought and arms twisted to thwart the will of “the people.”

We’ve tried writing the American media but they all work for corporations and are being threatened with their jobs if they report the corruption and pay offs. So a watchdog group like yours is looking like our only hope at this point. Please, please, please take up our cause. The research and money trail is available at your fingertips via the Internet. When your fellow Americans, devastated by Wall Street’s greed that wrecked the economy, are losing everything that have with no way out . . . is asking for your help not warranted?

I realize that Washington, D.C. hasn’t been hit as hard by this economy as the rest of our nation, but please realize that people are truly suffering and there is no way out for the millions of people permanently locked out of the workplace forever unless HR3149 passes. You hold the key to passage of HR3149. Please help to disclose the political corruption behind the stalling and attempted killing of HR3149. Millions of Americans are depending on you . . .

Bruce Eggum

What does Federal Stimulus have to do with new China for the White House?

February 18th, 2010

Stimulus? Job growth? Recovery? The fact is we are bloating government even more with do nothing positions,  at the expense of private sector aide and stimulus: “The number of federal employees making over $100,000 per year has exploded in the first 18 months of the recession, USA Today reports, sending the total percentage from 14 percent to 19 percent. The highest-paid federal workers are seeing the largest increases: In the same period, the number of civil servants making over $150,000 jumped from 1,868 to 10,100. When the recession began, only one person at the Department of Transportation was making over $170,000. Eighteen months later, 1,690 employees do.”

Congress fails to continue to grasp a simple fact:
Democratic Republics in a free market capitalism economic system CANNOT create wealth or jobs. They can only redistribute it, which is occurring now. OR Congress is smart and taking advantage (as Rahm Emmanuel so succinctly reminded us ) of a crisis to redistribute that wealth, with an underlying disdain for capitalism. Either way, the people of this country will not stand for a Congress or an Administration that does not represent the values of the majority. (NOT the minority of citizens)

So, they either change the current policies before November or get ready for a huge ruling party turnover. And, I’m sure that 2012 is very much up in the air for the Presidency, unless Obama learns (as Clinton and other have) to govern from the center, which is where the voters are…
If not, well…Hillary and Bill will be picking out new china for the White House in 2012.

Of Course People Are Angry!

September 30th, 2009

It is flabbergasting to watch the reaction of elected officials regarding the anger of the general public against them right now. Are they that naive and removed from reality in the cushion of the beltway? Why is the public angry? Why do people hate you Mr Senator and Ms Congresswoman?

Let me list the ways…

1. You live in bubbles while people across this country are losing their jobs, having their wages frozen or reduced.

2. Wages are stagnant, but food, gas, healthcare costs continue to rise.

3. Day after day, we see OUR money being used to line YOUR pockets. Corruption in US Government is so out of control that it is sickening.
This reason alone is enough to incite riots and anarchy – don’t you see that people will only take so much before they “push back at you?”
Both Democrats and Republicans have severe and real credibility issues with the people.

4. Many feel deceived by Obama – the only “change” has been the party in office, and not the way business and politics is done in DC.

5. People are scared. Fear often leads to anger, as does ignorance. Why are they scared? Because the world and the country has some severe
problems and they have NO FAITH IN THE COMPETENCY OR INTEGRITY of our elected officials in DC.

6. TWO SIMPLE ISSUES ARE ALWAYS IGNORED BY ALL POLITICIANS:

A. A constitutional amendment for 8 yr term limits in ALL offices (both houses) , not just the President.
B. A constitutional amendment for a mandated BALANCED BUDGET EVERY YEAR.

7. Many people believe (and you prove them right every day) that you could care less about “serving the people” and could not even utter the words “servant leadership”. You only are in office to grab power, money, or satisfy your ego,  probably all three…

Al Gore, Auto Tycoon – with our money!

September 25th, 2009

Al Gore—former vice president, Oscar-winner, Nobel laureate, and self-proclaimed inventor of the Internet—is jumping into the auto industry. The Wall Street Journal reports that a “tiny” Gore-financed car company specializing in hybrid luxury vehicles just got a $529 million loan from the U.S. government. Produced by a pair of Californian companies, the Karma will be a four-door plug-in electric hybrid featuring a lithium-ion battery slated to achieve 100 MPG fuel efficiency. Its audience, says car designer Henrik Fisker, is people like Gore: wealthy, environmentally enlightened drivers looking to ditch the Mercedes in favor of an environmentally P.C. ride. Naturally, Karma—and its hefty federal loan—already has critics. Citizens Against Government Waste notes, “This is not for average Americans,” a claim Fisker does not deny. The goal, he says, is to imitate the flat-screen television market: Start with something expensive and breathtaking, then work the price down.

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Ex-Clinton aide indicted for ‘stealing’ millions

September 22nd, 2009

Democratic fundraiser with links to Obama is charged in pyramid scheme
The Associated Press
updated 10:03 a.m. ET, Tues., Sept . 22, 2009

NEW YORK – Federal prosecutors have charged a wealthy fundraiser for Hillary Rodham Clinton and other top Democrats in an alleged $292 million pyramid scheme that spanned more than a decade, saying he used some of the proceeds to support election campaigns.  In an indictment returned Monday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, Iranian-born Hassan Nemazee is charged with bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.  “For more than 10 years, Hassan Nemazee projected the illusion of wealth, stealing more than $290 million so that he could lead a lavish lifestyle and play the part of heavyweight political fundraiser,” U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement. “Today’s indictment exposes the sheer brazenness of Nemazee’s schemes and marks the end of his decade of deception.”  He used some of the proceeds of the fraud to make donations to the election campaigns of federal, state and local candidates as well as to political action committees and charities, prosecutors said. They didn’t name the candidates or groups. Nemazee’s lawyer did not immediately return a call for comment Monday.

The indictment boosts the allegations against the 59-year-old Manhattan resident, who was arrested in August on charges that he used forged documents to obtain a $74 million loan. Prosecutors now allege that he fraudulently obtained loans worth hundreds of millions of dollars from three banks between 1998 and this year. They said he used fake documents and signatures to show the banks that he had hundreds of millions of dollars worth of collateral. Maserati sports car Prosecutors said Nemazee also used some of the money to buy property in Italy and to make monthly maintenance payments on properties in Manhattan and Katonah, New York.

The government is seeking $292 million in forfeitures against Nemazee, including his interest in five properties, 16 corporate entities and a hedge fund, 14 securities accounts, 32 bank accounts, a 2008 Maserati Quattroporte automobile and a 2007 Cessna aircraft.  Nemazee served as national finance chairman for Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign and later raised money for President Barack Obama after her primary defeat. He also was Sen. John Kerry’s finance chairman in New York for his 2004 bid for president.

Nemazee is under house arrest as part of a $25 million bail agreement. If convicted, he could face 30 years in prison on each of three counts of bank fraud and a mandatory two-year prison term on the aggravated identity theft charge.

Restrictions Put Dent In Congressional Travel

September 14th, 2009

By Alex Knott, CQ Staff

Lawmaker trips sponsored by outside groups have decreased by 56 percent since the ethics and lobbying overhaul law was enacted two years ago, according to a CQ MoneyLine study of congressional travel.

Since then, more than 2,300 former sponsors of lawmaker trips, including many corporations, government contractors and other groups that lobby, have stopped paying for such travel. Meanwhile, the average amount of money still spent on lawmaker-related travel by outside groups has dropped from $250,000 a month to $110,000 a month.

“This is a sign that the law is working as intended … It takes most of the influence peddling out of these trips,” said Craig Holman of Public Citizen, one of the watchdog groups that pushed for tougher ethics restrictions on lawmakers and lobbyists.

The law (PL 110-81), which was enacted in 2007 in response to of the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal, was designed to prevent lobbyists and their clients from using trips to help push an agenda or influence specific legislation. But it did not eliminate all outside-sponsored trips, and many groups and institutions — like universities and other educational organizations — are still allowed to sponsor “fact-finding” trips for members of Congress and their staffs.

In all, former sponsors that no longer pay for trips spent nearly $15 million on lawmaker-related travel between 2000 and 2007.

Among the groups still funding a large number of member trips is the Aspen Institute, which leads every other organization with nearly $1.1 million in travel expenditures since the lobbying and ethics changes were enacted two years ago. Also at the top of the list — the American Israel Education Foundation with $488,000 spent and the International Management & Development Institute with $100,000.

ACORN corruption: US Census dissolves relationship with group, MSNBC missed it, why?

September 14th, 2009
September 12, 11:20 PMPittsburgh Conservative ExaminerJosh Geldrich

One would think that when an organization that receives HUD money to provide low income loans gets caught helping citizens to falsify income for bank loans and telling them how to commit tax evasion would make the news.  Apparently not.On Friday the US Census Bureau  scrapped plans to utilize ACORN’s personnel to perform the national census in 2010, an severed it’s ties with the organization.

In a letter obtained by The Associated Press, from Census director Robert Groves to ACORN, he wrote  that he  was no longer confident in the community organization’s ability to effectively manage its partnership with the Census Bureau.  Groves wrote, “we do not come to this decision lightly, [but] it is clear that ACORN’s affiliation with the 2010 census promotion has caused sufficient concern in the general public, has indeed become a distraction from our mission, and may even become a discouragement to public cooperation, negatively impacting 2010 census efforts.”

The announcement comes on the heels of major news releases implicating the union-backed radical group, made famous last year for attempted voter registration fraud, to further wrong doing. On Wednesday of last week Florida prosecutors arrested 11 ACORN employees for falsifying information on over 900 voter registration forms.

Making matters worse for both the Census Bureau and ACORN, was the release this week of two bombshell videos highlighting ACORN.  The videos showing ACORN personnel and undercover investigative reporters, catching the community organization’s personnel  explaining ways to break countless finance laws, defraud the IRS and legally participate in child-prostitution in both Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC ACORN offices.  The breaking news was reported by the Wall Street Journal and Fox News, while MSNBC, CNBC, NBC, CBS and ABC all failed to report the story.

MSNBC, a vocal supporter of ACORN claims that the community organization “has been hit with Republican accusations of voter-registration fraud.”  They, and this includes CNBC and NBC, must not be aware that the organization has been; the subject of voter registration fraud, recent Congressional hearings or nailed operating a  “Muscle for the Money” corporate strong-arm fund-raising campaign.

The media giant claims that BigGovernment.com shopped this “set-up” around to at least three other locations.  But, it is worth noting that even if they shopped it around to four, BigGovernment.com has shown us that petitioning ACORN to condone child prostitution, prostitution, tax evasion and and fraud, works favorably for criminals roughly %30 percent of the time.

As an unfortunate aside for the President, ACORN benefited during the election  from the Obama campaign,  afterward from approval of the stimulus package and to date has received $8.2 million from HUD for low incom loans.  The community organization will continue to benefit from through vigorous support of the President’s agenda.  ACORN relies on funding from the federal government for a portion of it’s income, which flows in through it’s many member entities.  The group also benefits from it’s ownership of two Service Employee International Union (SEIU) locals whose fortunes are also heavily intertwined with President Obama’s legislative success.  Their path is clear politically, to grow they must support President Obama and his legislative agenda at any cost.

As far as why MSNBC, CNBC or NBC wouldn’t cover the ACORN corruption stories, the answer is unclear.  It is worth noting however, that all are arms of GE.  A company which recently placed itself in a position to monopolize the power generating industry by monitoring emissions standards under the new Cap-and-Trade legislation.

It may also be worth noting, that General Electric Vice Chairman John G. Rice recently wrote in a memo to all GE personnel, “the intersection between GE’s interests and government action is clearer than ever.” he further wrote, “We were able to work closely with key authors of the Waxman-Markey climate and energy bill, recently passed by the House of Representatives. If this bill is enacted into law it would benefit many GE businesses.”

With the full force of the Waxman-Markey bill coordinated with their wholly owned subsidiaries, NBC and MSNBC, the huge corporation will have the resources to grind each and every coal manufacturer and coal dependent power generator out of business.

Does that mean that there’s a conspiracy, no, not by any means.  But what it does mean is that a big corporation is using it’s power to influence legislation.  The days of special interests giving big money to politicians are not over, but now, today, it seems that in addition to giving donations and lobby hand-money to influence lawmakers, we also have to worry about the media outlets that huge conglomerates own propagandizing the news in exchange for ever greater profits.

And we don’t have just the left to worry about when it comes to this new form of political payoff, but the center and the right as well.

ACORN’s Roots Watered by Taxpayers

September 14th, 2009

By Bret Jacobson On September 14, 2009

Until last Thursday, many Americans assumed ACORN’s massive tax windfall was just a way to funnel taxpayer money to a radical organization. That was before the shocking video revelation that ACORN Housing staff — funded by millions of dollars of the public’s money — is willing to offer their “counseling services” to would-be operators of child prostitute rings. Clearly, it’s time to take a closer look at how taxpayer money drives the ACORN empire.

The Public Trough

Until recently, few knew much about ACORN or the reach of its 300-plus organizations with a hundred-million-dollar budget. The main financial sustenance for the behemoth comes from unions (which outsource dirty work, strategy, and anti-corporate attacks to the group), powerful and politically minded non-profit foundations, political campaigns (including $800,000 from then-Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008 and taxpayer money.

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That public trough has been open to those who seem to feel they are more equal than others. The Washington Examiner investigated and found out that “at least $53 million in federal funds have gone to ACORN activists since 1994.”

A large chunk of that money flows from the federal government to the ACORN Housing Corporation (AHC). On the group’s IRS filings for the fiscal year ending in June 2007, AHC reported taking in more than $2.8 million in that year alone — accounting for approximately 30 percent of that year’s budget. A 2008 report from the Consumers Rights League found that from 2004 through 2006, government funds accounted for 40 percent of the group’s $18.3 million in revenue.

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GOP Congressional Report Accuses ACORN of Political Corruption, Widespread Fraud

September 14th, 2009

ACORN engaged in a scheme to use taxpayer money to support a partisan political agenda, according to a new report from Republicans on a House oversight committee. The report, released Thursday, accuses ACORN of fraudulent activities and widespread corruption and calls for a criminal investigation into the advocacy group. It offers the first detailed account of the allegations that have dogged the organization in recent months. ACORN, or the Association of Community Organizations for Reform, has been under constant fire from conservatives since last year for its support of Barack Obama’s presidential candidacy and its planned participation in next year’s 2010 census.The report was released by Rep. Darrell Issa, the top Republican on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Issa’s GOP colleagues.

“This report is about getting to the truth and when there are significant accusations and questions outstanding regarding an organization that has benefited from millions of taxpayer dollars, those questions should be answered and the truth should be brought to light,” Issa said in a statement. The executive summary of the report says ACORN provided contributions of financial and personnel resources to indicted former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown and candidate Obama, among others, in what the report calls a scheme to use taxpayer money to support a partisan political agenda, which would be a clear violation of numerous tax and election laws. “Both structurally and operationally, ACORN hides behind a paper wall of nonprofit corporate protections to conceal a criminal conspiracy on the part of its directors, to launder federal money in order to pursue a partisan agenda and to manipulate the American electorate,” an executive summary of the report reads. ACORN, which was sent a copy of the executive summary by FOXNews.com, dismissed the report as a “partisan attack job.”

“We are busy fighting to stop the foreclosure crisis, to win quality affordable health care for all Americans and to build a stronger economy for working families, so we haven’t had the opportunity to read Rep. Issa’s screed at length,” Bertha Lewis, CEO of ACORN, said in a written statement to FOXNews.com. But an initial review indicates that the document is a recycled and repackaged partisan attack job on ACORN’s good work,” she added. The report accuses ACORN, after receiving more than $53 million in federal funds since 1994, of blurring the legal distinctions among 361 tax-exempt and non-exempt entities to divert that money into partisan political activities.Evidence found in the report relies in part on documents provided by former ACORN employees. “Operationally, ACORN is a shell game played in 120 cities, 43 states and the District of Columbia through a complex structure designed to conceal illegal activities, to use taxpayer and tax-exempt dollars for partisan political purposes, and to distract investigators,” the report read.

“Structurally, ACORN is a chess game in which senior management is shielded from accountability by multiple layers of volunteers and compensated employees who serve as pawns to take the fall for every bad act.” Kurt Bardella, a spokesman for Issa, said ACORN’s response suggests the report “hit a nerve.” “We stand by the findings of the report,” he told FOXNews.com. “There are a lot of legitimate questions raised about the political activities and organizational structure of ACORN. We’d certainly like to have a venue and platform for ACORN to respond to our report.”

In his statement, Issa said, “It is outrageous that ACORN will be rewarded for its criminal acts by taxpayer money in the stimulus and is being asked to help with the U.S. census. This report shines a light on clear criminal conduct and it is abundantly clear that they cannot and should not be trusted with taxpayer dollars.” It would be up to the chairman of the oversight panel to hold hearings on the ACORN report and up to the Justice Department to pursue a criminal investigation. Likewise, the census director will determine whether ACORN remains a partner with the U.S. Census Bureau to assist with the recruitment of the 1.4 million temporary workers needed to go door-to-door to count every person in the United States. A spokeswoman for Rep. Edolphus Towns, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, did not respond to e-mails seeking comment.