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.