Archive for October, 2012

CORRUPTION AND INVESTIGATIONS

October 22, 2012

The government is as much about investigating one department after another as it is about over-regulating private sector business.  With billions and even trillions of dollars to cast about, crony capitalism is an undying charge.  There will always be a Power Elite with seemingly unfettered access to a pile of cash, and there will always be friends with hands out pleading for a bit of it.  Cronyism continues to be an escalating malady of the power bureaucracy as it infects the White House, Congress, and virtually every agency and department of each administration.

Recently, we have seen a Robin Hood figurehead who likes to reward his large donors and friends with the redistributed earnings of other rich, the middle class, and the poor.  The only difference being how large a harvest each group can willingly or unwittingly provide.  The payback comes from taxes, and everybody pays taxes in one form or another.  Even those with no other income provide a slight return on their receipt of federal monies through purchase of gasoline, diesel, public transportation, electricity payment, non food items, etc.

The unprecedented closing of Republican owned auto dealerships and community banks during the T.A.R.P. and Stimulus giveaways provided the first indication that the money distribution for this administration was political, not fair, equal, level or balanced.

Picking business winners and losers with taxpayer money seems to be the theme of the current Presidential Palace.  They’re either brilliant or completely incompetent.  The jury is still out on the ultimate intent.  However, enough direct campaign donations coming from within a “green” company, or enough money bundled by the CEO of such a company warrants a stimulus payment regardless of the viability of that entity or projected outcome of the reward.  Evidence abounds with the likes of Solyndra, Sun Power, Abound Solar, Amonix Solar, Beacon Power, Ecotality, Ener1, UniSolar, Azure Dynamics, Evergreen Solar, Solar Trust of America, Bright Source, LSP Energy, Energy Conversion Devices, A123 Systems, Fisker Karma (using A123 Systems batteries), and the heavily subsidized Chevy Volt from GM, as a sampling of companies receiving millions of taxpayer dollars that either failed to produce jobs or viable products before declaring bankruptcy.

Collectively costing taxpayers and future generations tens, if not hundreds, of billions of dollars, the failed companies and/or their ‘C’ level executives did, and continue to, produce millions of dollars in campaign contributions for the current political band of merry men.

Contingents to, but with their own financial subcategories include:

Voter fraud – Democrats continue to push that every person legally in the United States carries a federal identification card.  Republicans push back, saying such a card would create a privacy invasive biometric tracking of each and every carrier.  Yet, Republicans want each voter to show identification when registering to vote and at the polls.  Democrats claim such a measure is simply to disenfranchise members of their party’s base.  Compromise seems unlikely between the warring factions within Congress, and the oft adversarial judiciary seems ever ready to defeat any headway.

The current White House inhabitants have shown beyond a reasonable doubt that there are endowments beyond a paycheck for holding office, even within a deep recession.  The lavish Wednesday night parties are a small part of the prevailing officialdom.  Concerts featuring entertainers the likes of B.B. King, Paul McCartney, and Mick Jagger are now accepted as the norm.  Chefs, flown in to prepare meals for the royals, receive handsome compensation for their peregrine culinary artistry.  Most citizens may consider them extravagant parties, but they don’t even warrant an expense line in the President’s entertainment budget, which of course, receives additional and unrestricted revenue replenishment if overrun in any fiscal period.

And, talk about spreading the wealth through entitlements.  We, the struggling, find ourselves collectively funding exotic vacations to distant states and far away lands.  Most of us would like to afford a photo collection from these romps that even National Geographic does not depict.  However, many of us are spending too much time trying to earn enough money to put food on the table.  The First Lady, however, is able to list such vacations as youth leadership, education, health, and wellness tours.  By allowing her children to accompany her, as “senior staff”, there is no personal recompense required for the multimillion dollar jaunts.

Flouting the law for government officials is now so accepted that many incidents receive no attention even from diligent watchdog groups.  There is so much of it happening that identifying, researching, investigating, and reporting even a commendable portion of the corruption is virtually impossible without government funding.  And, when government funding or assistance is involved, less progress is realized because more truth is buried.

Fundraisers and campaign stops billed as business meetings with governors, presidential aides, appointed secretaries, etc. illegally pronouncing their endorsements for the incumbent president warrant no question from the FEC.  Likewise, no questions of concern arise by the current re-election campaign regarding receipt of foreign donations and those from unidentifiable sources.  Again, neither the appointed “sheriff” of the FEC nor any of the commission members show a modicum of concern.

Eric Holder, the Attorney General of the United States of America, shows a lack of respect for Congress and the citizens of our country on nearly a daily basis.  Fast and Furious received a lot of attention once it was identified that a Border Patrol agent died as a result of the uncontrolled operation.  Prior to that, he failed to prosecute or even investigate members of the Black Panthers for their participation in what many considered voter fraud.  He continues to deny the existence of any such fraud in the inner cities and other areas heavily Democrat based.  With the assurance that Attorneys General (certifying vote counts) in critical states have a glove on the outcome, Holder’s only concern might be if FOXNews has cameras in the area.

“But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it…” is the way this administration and those cow-towing to them operate.  They passed the bill along strictly partisan lines without understanding what it said because none bothered to read the hideous legislation.  As the Democrats entered the Capital building on the day of the vote, Speaker Pelosi carried a giant gavel, illustrating that no power could overcome their wishes of passage.  Republicans, nor seniors, nor children, nor any constituent of the voters concerned them; they were nonrepresentatively, proudly, and corruptibly unstoppable.

Our country has been moving away from a Democratic Republic and toward a dictatorial socialist state for decades.  With more people voting themselves more entitlements and stipends, and with a President ruling by Executive Order rather than signing congressionally passed legislation, we rapidly approach an unrestrained bureaucratic oligarchy.  Another four years and we might reach complete dictatorship…Hugo just won again!  Sadam used to win with landslide margins.

 

He who fills your personal pocket immediately will not guarantee longevity of the unearned wealth.  Call me RACIST if it makes you feel better, but my concerns are for the survival of the country, not the melatonin level of an individual.  At any rate, please think before “pulling the lever” on Nov. 6 for any candidate or proposition.

COMING SOON, THE RICH AND THE REST OF US

October 10, 2012

It is virtually impossible to miss the pattern.  Over the past three years, there have been a large number of small and large business owners and CEOs identifying that they are going to stagnate or cut back on employees due to Obamacare and burdening regulations.  The paradigm presented by the Chief Executive of the United States and current administration is distinct and destructive to business.

Obamacare is but one major stumbling block to economic recovery and rebuilding American businesses.  The mandates on the workers and their employers present more disincentives for growth and production than are addressed by keeping them all healthy.  Increased and additional taxes on manufactured components and finished products also hamper the potential for profitability.

Some businesses, so restricted by paperwork and compliance to new and revised EPA, DOL, OSHA, ADA, and other agencies offering duplicated, replicated or conflicting standards, are forced to have products manufactured or assembled in third world countries where those standards are completely forgiven.

Outsourcing American jobs is of little comparison, however, to the increased global environmental impact caused by  the foreign nations offered the work. This is, of course, a direct result of ideological global wealth redistribution to affect a more “level playing field” for all citizens of the world.

We are all aware of the Solyndra example.  That California business received a taxpayer bailout of $535 million before declaring bankruptcy and relieving approximately 1,100 employees of their jobs.  Their sustaining income was lost producing an additional burden on the taxpayers supporting the federal and state governments.  Costs of doing business (read: regulation compliance) in the United States, and California in particular, made the company unable to compete with foreign manufacturers in spite of federal government intervention.  EPA regulations bore the brunt of cause.

Recently, Westgate Resorts founder, David Siegel, stated unabashedly that increased taxes on “the rich” will force the scale back of his resort empire if President Obama is re-elected.  This would mean the loss of jobs for some of the workers, revenue for cities, counties and states in which his businesses reside. Westgate Resorts will lose some, if not many, of the 7,000 hospitality workers.  Some 5,000 employees have lost their jobs with Westgate since 2007

Those areas of the nation affected include Orlando, Florida; Miami, Florida; Gatlinburg, Tennessee; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Tunica Mississippi; Williamsburg, Virginia; Branson, Missouri; Park City, Utah; Las Vegas, Nevada and Mesa, Arizona.

Steve Wynn stated, “I’m afraid of the president. I have no idea what goofy idea, what crazy, anti-business program this administration will come up. I have no idea. And I have to tell you Jon that every business guy I know in the country is frightened of Barack Obama and the way he thinks.  I’ve created about 250,000 direct and indirect jobs according to the state of Nevada’s measurement. If the number is 250,000, that’s exactly 250,000 more than this president, who I’ll be damned if I want to have him lecture me about small business and jobs. I’m a job creator. Guys like me are job creators and we don’t like having a bulls-eye painted on our back.

Wynn continued, “The president is trying to put himself between me and my employees. By class warfare, by deprecating and calling a group that makes money ‘billionaires and millionaires who don’t pay their share.’ I can’t stand the idea of being demagogued, that is put down by a president who has never created any jobs and who doesn’t even understand how the economy works.”

Once supporting families, Mom and Pop businesses close daily due to lack of business.  The lack of business ties directly to a dearth of discretionary money caused by a high unemployment rate.

President Reagan once touted and successfully promoted trickle down wealth that benefited businesses, individuals and the government.  This administration seems bent on encouraging trickle up poverty.  Continuing on the current ideological path will not help individual or global prosperity.  It can only offer a two class society; the powerful (the rich) and the dominated (the rest of us).

Vote wisely!

VOTER FRAUD – NOT A PROBLEM

October 1, 2012

For years we have heard that there is insufficient evidence of voter fraud to conduct an in-depth study or require identification when registering or voting.  Liberals and Progressives accuse Republicans of making the charges of fraud against organizations like ACORN.  Any mention of voter fraud in the mainstream media has been to chastise the evil conservatives for attempting to disenfranchise minority, poor, and elderly voters primarily from the inner cities.

Time and again Republican voter registrars and Attorneys General have struggled to bring cases to court only to be denied the opportunity by liberal judges professing to protect voting rights.  Three hundred definite and obvious cases in a city like Detroit are ruled insufficient to identify a clear or sustained pattern worthy of court time.  Even when the numbers approach 3%, 4%, or 5% of the registered voters for a geographic area, those proffering charges are scoffed by the media and liberal adjudicators.

No longer is it uncommon to have more votes counted in some precincts than the total number of legal voting age residents of the community.  Not always, but generally, this phenomena occurs with a higher turnout of Democrat over Republican voters.  Yet, this is considered an anomaly that has little influence over the local, county, state, or national election result.

The Attorney General of the United States, Eric Holder, publicly demeans and dismisses any conservative group suggesting voter fraud has great enough to influence the outcome of any election.  However, when The RNC hired Strategic Allied Consulting to assist with voter registration in Colorado, Nevada, North Carolina, and Virginia notice was taken.

It seems a level playing field is only level when it’s tilted in favor of Democrats.  SAC, by paying their temporary employees to register Republican voters caused some enterprising individuals to over-extend their authority by filling in blank spaces on the form and a few actually filled some forms personally using fictitious names.  Instead of commending and defending the owner of SAC, as was the case when ACORN did the same for Democrats, the Republican National Committee fired the company.

When fraud is perpetrated followed by an (R) it is a prosecutable felony and is announced on all the Nightly Lies stations and reported by FOXNews.  The same encounter by a person or persons with a (D) association is an unavoidable mistake so there is no reason to inform the public.  Again, FOXNews and perhaps CNN are probably the places one could hear about it.

Voting is a serious issue.  The people registering voters should be vetted and held personally responsible for verifying the identity of registrants.  The same goes for those overseeing polling locations.  Voter I.D. does not disenfranchise, it empowers the responsible and eligible voters.