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The Obama scandals

November 17, 2011

Although most Americans remain blissfully unaware, the Obama administration has accumulated so many scandals that this presidency will almost certainly go down in history as the most corrupt, stealing the title from Ulysses S. Grant's scandal-plagued post-Civil War administration.

This is not hyperbole. It's the unvarnished truth.

Even liberals are beginning to admit this White House has a foul Eau-de-Chicago stench. Last week, The Daily Beast/Newsweek, perhaps the most reliably leftwing publication outside The New York Times, posted an article titled, "Obama Campaign Backers and Bundlers Rewarded With Green Grants and Loans." When The Daily Beast starts addressing Obama corruption, you know the problems are serious.

Here's how bad it is: two weeks ago on Broad View, after referring to the growing number of scandals, I found myself unable to list them or adequately describe them... which is embarrassing because knowing what's happening is my job.

"What scandals?" asked Jay Davis, the host of the show.

"Uh, well, it's complicated," I stammered. (Live radio can be ugly sometimes, especially when I'm involved.) "Tell you what: my next column will clarify and list the various scandals so people can get a handle on them."

Promises are easy – living up to them is something else. The volume and complexity of the malodorous pungency emanating from this White House is such that when I actually started writing the promised column I was immediately bogged down and overwhelmed. A medieval Viking would be aghast at how much raping and pillaging these people have accomplished in less than three years.

I decided some kind of reference guide would help, so I made one, a brand new JPAttitude web page titled "Obama administration scandals." If you care about your country, take a good hard look and bookmark it. It's not a page of partisan conjecture and accusations – it's a compilation of links to news stories detailing the various Obama administration shenanigans.

Frankly, fresh scandals are appearing so often it might be difficult keeping the new page current. Just this past weekend I had to add the Siga Technologies boondoggle (wherein the Obama administration, over government contracting specialists’ objections, pushed through a sole-source no-bid contract for unneeded smallpox vaccinations to reward Obama campaign contributor Ronald O. Perlman), and had to take a serious look at the PharmAthene horror (the federal government wants to pay PharmAthene to test anthrax vaccine on children) to see whether it qualifies as an altogether different scandal or is merely a complication of the Siga scandal… because, wouldn't you know, Siga and PharmAthene are thinking about merging.

See how complicated this gets?

Making matters worse, information has been limited by the president's refusal to cooperate in the resulting investigations. Obama isn't the first president to invoke executive privilege to keep Congress from seeing White House documents, but he might be the first to invoke executive privilege to guard non-executive activities. Last week, in response to a congressional subpoena seeking Solyndra-related documents, the White House Counsel refused to comply, saying it would be a "significant intrusion on Executive Branch interests."

(Note to White House lawyer: it is not necessary to capitalize "executive branch." Obama is not God, and you are not the Archangel Michael. Come on back to Earth.)

Solyndra is a solar panel manufacturer owned by another big Obama campaign contributor, George Kaiser. Solyndra received $535 million in federal loans as part of the president's hugely stupid and monumentally disastrous green energy initiative (80% of which "coincidentally" went to Democrats and Obama supporters). Then, when the company was approaching bankruptcy and George Kaiser was looking at losing his money, the Obama administration changed loan terms to subjugate government debt to private debt. In plain English, that means Obama's pal will get 100% of his money back before the government – us, the taxpayers – gets one dime… precisely the opposite of the way loan terms were written the first time.

The new loan terms were a multi-million-dollar Christmas present to Mr. Kaiser from "our" president. (Quotation marks around the word "our" because I think it's fair to start wondering who exactly Mr. Obama serves. It doesn't appear that "our" interests were served nearly as well as Mr. Kaiser's.)

It's hard to imagine how Congress perusing documents about a bankrupt solar panel maker could possibly create a "significant intrusion on Executive Branch interests." Based upon the principle of separation of powers, executive privilege is used to keep Congress from interfering in executive functions. Examples of executive branch functions are commanding the armed forces, vetoing and signing bills, signing treaties with foreign nations, granting pardons, appointing federal judges, and managing the personnel of the executive branch. If Obama has a meeting with his Joint Chiefs of Staff about the Iranian nuclear threat, for example, Congress has no right to see the minutes of that meeting.

That's the kind of situation where executive privilege applies.

But Solyndra’s loan is a product of congressional legislation and therefore the business of Congress. Legally, it borders on the absurd for the Obama administration to claim executive privilege to prevent Congress from getting information about Solyndra. Congress (understandably) wants to know exactly how many times George Kaiser visited the White House, exactly what was said when he was there, and exactly what he offered Obama in return for those suspiciously favorable loan terms.

The previous claimant to the title of Most Corrupt Presidency was the Ulysses S. Grant administration, but Grant accumulated a total of only eleven scandals, in none of which he participated personally. Grant was so ashamed he wouldn't run for re-election. Obama already has seventeen scandals (and counting), most of them involving gargantuan amounts of money, is already running for re-election, and clearly has something to hide or he wouldn’t be defying subpoenas.

The sheer audaciousness of the amounts siphoned out of the U.S. Treasury for the benefit of Obama’s cronies and supporters is mind boggling:
Eleven “green energy” quid-pro-quo scandals (so far) costing a total of almost fourteen billion dollars.

Another seventy four million dollars for the Open Range bankruptcy.

Four billion six hundred million dollars for the Pigford “reparations” settlement.

Four hundred thirty three million dollars for unneeded smallpox drugs from Siga.
If it was all about money, things would be bad enough, but what really sets this presidency apart are two law enforcement scandals promulgated by the Justice Department under Obama’s Attorney General, Eric Holder: the New Black Panthers scandal, and the Fast and Furious gunrunning mess.

Almost immediately upon taking office, Mr. Holder vacated the verdict against the New Black Panthers of Philadelphia who were convicted of intimidating white voters during the 2008 elections. Worse yet, insiders subsequently revealed that the entire Civil Rights Division of the current Justice Department operates under the assumption that white voters do not deserve protection under the Voting Rights Act.

Like Obama, Eric Holder is black. Apparently they've decided it's payback time.

The New Black Panthers scandal has been massively misconstrued because Eric Holder honed his lying skills working for the Clinton administration. By claiming that the case was dropped because it was weak, and conjuring up comparisons to what happened to black people in the South, he misdirected public attention away from the stark fact that the New Black Panthers were already convicted by the time he took office. The verdict had to be vacated by the Justice Department before it could be dropped. Whether Mr. Holder honestly considered the case weak is irrelevant – it was already won! Most importantly, no prison time was in store for the two thugs who stood outside a Philadelphia polling place threatening white voters with a club on Election Day. Their only punishment was to be an injunction prohibiting such behavior in the future.

Why would an Attorney General of the United States of America object to an injunction against threatening voters with a club?

More frightening than all the "green" scandals and other acts of corruption put together, Fast and Furious represents a uniquely horrible first: potential felony murder charges for the nation’s top law enforcement officer and maybe even the president. If you think charging Eric Holder and Barack Obama with murder is over the top, here is an October 30 dialogue between the Arizona Daily Star (ADS) and Sheriff Paul Babeu of Arizona's Pinal County:
ADS: When you says that those officials who carried out Fast & Furious should be considered accomplices or accessories to murder, are you serious, or is that a rhetorical point?

Babeu: The American people deserve a thorough, impartial, and independent review of what happened here. Nothing short of that will ever be acceptable... This is why the Sheriffs of Arizona, both Republicans and Democrats, are demanding a Special Counsel to investigate Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice for their roles in Operation Fast and Furious. The Sheriffs are demanding the truth from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and believe that those responsible should be held criminally accountable...
According to the felony murder rule, any death occurring as the result of a felony is escalated from manslaughter to a murder charge. This is why the driver of a getaway car is charged with murder when he didn't actually participate in the bank robbery. As a result of the Fast and Furious program which mounting evidence leads us to suspect Eric Holder and Barack Obama knew about and approved – probably even initiated – two hundred Mexicans and one U.S. Border Patrol agent have been killed by illegally – feloniously – distributed firearms.

Part of Barack Obama’s agenda when he ran for president was gun control, and he repeatedly stated incorrectly that “more than 90 percent of the guns recovered in Mexico [at crime scenes] come from the United States, many from gun shops that line our shared border.” The pusillanimous mainstream media wasn’t going to challenge this statistic, but enough gun owners pointed out that he was lying that it became an embarrassment. Consequently, the president felt inhibited about using Mexican cartels and border crimes to justify the kind of draconian gun control he wants to impose on the American public. Somewhere, either in the White House or the Justice Department, the idea was hatched to sell thousands of grenades and semi-automatic rifles to Mexican criminals, thereby pumping up the statistics until they matched Obama's rhetoric.

What they did was blatantly and flagrantly illegal. Evil.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) was the primary tool used to commit the felonies involved in making these sales to drug cartels, with help from the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and even the IRS. And don’t forget frequent advice from the White House.

ATF, FBI, DHS, ICE, CBP, DOJ, IRS, and WH. If we could get that many federal acronyms working on the economy, maybe there wouldn’t be 46 million Americans on food stamps.

How grotesquely immoral are these people? Let’s see: two hundred murders in Mexico traced to guns from Fast and Furious; the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry with a gun from Fast and Furious; and on August 25, Mexican cartel members rolled grenades into a Monterrey casino and killed fifty three people at once... grenades can’t be traced, but it’s a good bet they came from Fast and Furious. All that death and mayhem so the Obama administration can pursue a political agenda.

Murder charges are too good for these people.

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