Corruption in the Obama Administration
The Matter of Timothy Geithner
The stink of corruption came early to the Obama administration, when the top positions in its ranks were still being filled. Perhaps the earliest example of this concerns the supposedly-indispensable Tim Geithner, who was advertised as the only person in the country with the policy expertise to rescue the American economy from the brink of ruin. But at the Senate hearings for his confirmation, it came to light that Geithner had not paid $35,000 in self-employment taxes for the years 2001–2004, when he worked for the International Monetary Fund. Along with his professed befuddlement over basic features of the personal tax-preparation software he used, the Harvard-educated Geithner claimed not to know that he was an independent contractor for the IMF, not an employee, and that he was therefore responsible for his own tax withholding.More Info
The Matter of Van Jones
One of the Obama Administration's hallmarks of corruption is the way it evades its constitutional obligations to have its policy-makers vetted by the Senate. Instead, Obama has appointed an endless series of policy "czars" accountable only to him. As a result, the President has been able to pack the upper reaches of the federal government with radicals. One of the worst examples of this was Obama's appointment of Van Jones, an extremist and avowed communist whose official title was "White House Council on Environmental Quality Special Advisor for Green Jobs". The environmental movement has long been a home for disaffected leftists looking for ideological safe harbor after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Van Jones' radical views soon attracted public attention – and outrage. In addition to crude and inflammatory remarks he made about Republicans, Van Jones has been an outspoken supporter of Mumia Abu-Jamal, a notorious cop-killer serving a well-deserved life sentence in prison. Van Jones is also associated with various communist front organizations, and, most (in)famously, signed a fringe-kook truther petition which asserts that former President George W. Bush likely had advance knowledge of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.More Info
The Black Panther Voter Intimidation Case
When a video surfaced showing two members of The New Black Panther party in paramilitary garb wielding night sticks in front of a voting precinct in Philadelphia on election day in 2008, it looked like an open-and-shut case of voter intimidation. The case, filed by the Bush administration Justice Department just weeks before Obama took office, attracted national attention. When the defendants failed to appear in court, it was widely assumed the Obama DOJ would press charges and prevail. Instead, it dropped the case. Later, career lawyers at the DOJ resigned in protest and claimed that under Attorney General Eric Holder, the Department of Justice had an unwritten rule against prosecuting any cases involving white victims and black defendants. Despite administration denials, the U.S. Civil Rights Commission continues to investigate.More Info
Aid and Comfort to ACORN
The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (better known as ACORN) was a rat's nest of corruption years before it helped get President Obama elected. The group tried to hide its association with Obama but couldn't; the Man from Hope and Change was not only "associated" with them, he schooled them in the dark arts of political agitation. His teachings were put to such good use in 2008 they attracted the attention of state election officials in seven states:
- In Nevada, officials raided ACORN's Las Vegas office after election authorities accused the group of submitting multiple voter registrations with fake and duplicate names.
- In Indiana, investigators found that ACORN vote canvassers had pulled names and addresses from phone books and forged signatures. Dead people and children were among the fictitious registrants. Also, there were 5,000 more voter registrations in Indiana than actual voters.
- In Wisconsin, Milwaukee officials found that ACORN had hired at least seven felons as voter-registration workers – a violation of state law. They also discovered a raft of questionable voter-registration cards. Fraud has plagued ACORN's Milwaukee chapter for years. No fewer than 26 ACORN workers are under criminal investigation.
- In Florida, just in Orange County, ACORN workers submitted multiple copycat forms for six separate voters over the summer of 2008. According to the Miami Herald, one individual had 21 duplicate applications.
- In Ohio, ACORN gave large numbers of homeless people free van and bus rides so they could register to vote. Homeless people and felons were registered with undocumented temporary addresses. One man, Christopher Barkley, said he was hounded by ACORN to register over and over again, despite telling them he'd already done so several times. One voter in Cuyahoga County filled out registration cards 72 times in the 18 months leading up to the election.
- In Pennsylvania, the District Attorney of Allegheny County said criminal charges were possible because of nearly 100 fraudulent voter registration forms submitted by ACORN in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area.
- In Michigan, election officials in Oakland County discovered more than 33,000 duplicate registration applications, constituting two-thirds of all new applications submitted by ACORN canvassers from August to the election.
Aid and Comfort to the SEIU
The Purple People Beaters of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) are notorious for their purple tee-shirts and political thuggery. They're also the recipients of copious amounts of love and political support from Barack Obama, who once pledged to give them enough power to "paint the nation purple.""We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we've set," the President told them in a speech. "We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded."On August 7, 2009, the SEIU gave the nation a glimpse of how they would use their power when they attacked Kenneth Gladney, a black conservative activist, at a Townhall meeting in Saint Louis. He was handing out yellow Gadsden flags at the time, but by the time the SEIU goons were through with him, Gladney had to be treated at St. John's Mercy Medical Center for injuries to his knee, back, elbow, shoulder and face.More Info
Skullduggery in the Matter of President Obama's Old Senate Seat
Barack Obama's ascent to the White House set off a seedy scramble among various and sundry political ne'er-do-wells in Chicago for possession of his empty Senate seat. The new President was partial to a shady crime-family associate whose bank went belly-up after years of questionable financial dealings with the Russian mob. That associate, Alexi Giannoulias, reportedly had more skeletons in his closet than a medical supply house. His family bank (Broadway Bank) was shut down by Illinois regulators after evidence surfaced that it gave eight-figure loans to convicted felons and mobsters, who plowed the loot into their criminal operations. But Obama was loyal to Giannoulias. "I know his character," he said at a fund raiser." I know how much he loves this country. I know how committed he is to public service for all the right reasons."More Info
BP Oil Spill Shenanigans
After last summer's Deep Water Horizon debacle, President Obama paid such ardent lip service to his experts and academicians on the topic that it became a running joke. While billions of barrels of crude oil gushed into the Gulf, the President did little more than play golf, demagogue the issue, and sing the praises of his brain trust. When at last it finally came, his policy response – the oil drilling moratorium – made things worse by depriving thousands of oil workers of their livelihoods without addressing the root causes of the disaster.Incredibly, allegations soon emerged that the Obama Administration had also publicly misrepresented the opinions of the experts they consulted with such fanfare. Those experts – seven members of the National Academy of Engineering – claimed that the government report they'd signed, which supposedly justified the moratorium – was changed AFTER they signed it."We believe as a group that the moratorium as written and as being implemented today actually has the effect of decreasing safety," said Ken Arnold, one of the NAE experts.The moratorium has now been extended to seven years. Among its likely effects: continued loss by the United States of the best and most technologically advanced rigs to other countries, and continued U.S. reliance on the Middle East for its energy supplies.More Info