Dr. Krauthammer is on Fox News. He is an M.D. and a lawyer and is paralyzed from the neck down. A friend went to hear Charles Krauthammer. He listened with twenty others in a closed room. What he says here, is not second-hand news, but first-hand. The ramifications are staggering for us, our children and their children.
Summary of Krauthammer’s comments:
- • Mr. Obama is a very intellectual, charming individual. He is not to be underestimated. He is a cool customer who doesn’t show his emotions. It’s very hard to know what’s behind the mask. The taking down of the Clinton dynasty by a political neophyte was an amazing accomplishment. The Clintons still do not understand what hit them. Obama was in the perfect place at the perfect time.
- • Obama has political skills comparable to Reagan and Clinton. He has a way of making you think he’s on your side, agreeing with your position, while doing the opposite. Pay no attention to what he says; rather, watch what he does.
- • Obama has a ruthless quest for power. He did not come to Washington to make something out of himself, but rather to change everything, including dismantling capitalism. He can’t be straightforward on his ambitions, as the public would not go along. He has a heavy hand, and wants to level the playing field with income redistribution and punishment to the achievers of society. He would like to model the United States to Great Britain or Canada .
- • His three main goals are to control energy, public education, and national healthcare by the federal government. He doesn’t care about the auto or financial services industries, but got them as an early bonus. The cap and trade will add costs to everything and stifle growth. Paying for free college education is his goal. Most scary is his healthcare program, because if you make it free and add 46 million people to a medicare-type single-payer system, the costs will go through the roof. The only way to control costs is with massive rationing of services, like in Canada.
- • He has surrounded himself with mostly far-left academic types. No one around him has ever even run a candy store. But they are going to try and run the auto, financial, banking and other industries This obviously can’t work in the long run. Obama is not a socialist; rather he’s a far-left secular progressive bent on nothing short of revolution. He ran as a moderate, but will govern from the hard left. Again, watch what he does, not what he says.
- • Obama doesn’t really see himself as President of the United States, but more as a ruler over the world. He sees himself above it all, trying to orchestrate and coordinate various countries and their agendas. He sees moral equivalency in all cultures. His apology tour in Germany and England was a prime example of how he sees America, as an imperialist nation that has been arrogant, rather than a great noble nation that has at times made errors. This is the first President ever who has chastised our allies and appeased our enemies.
- • He is now handing out goodies. He hopes that the bill (and pain) will not come due until after he is reelected in 2012. He would like to blame all problems on Bush from the past, and hopefully his successor in the future. He has a huge ego, and Dr. Krauthammer believes he is a narcissist.
- • Republicans are in the wilderness for a while, but will emerge strong. Republicans are pining for another Reagan, but there will never be another like him. Krauthammer believes Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty & Bobby Jindahl (except for his terrible speech in February) are the future of the party. Newt Gingrich is brilliant, but has baggage. Sarah Palin is sincere and intelligent, but needs to really be seriously boning up on facts and info if she is to be a serious candidate in the future. We need to return to the party of lower taxes, smaller government, personal responsibility, strong national defense, and state’s rights.
- • The current level of spending is irresponsible and outrageous. We are spending trillions that we don’t have. This could lead to hyperinflation, depression or worse. No country has ever spent themselves into prosperity. The media is giving Obama, Reid and Pelosi a pass because they love their agenda. But eventually the bill will come due and people will realize the huge bailouts didn’t work, nor will the stimulus package. These were trillion-dollar payoffs to Obama’s allies, unions and the Congress to placate the left, so he can get support for his three main goals mentioned above.
- • The election was over in mid-September when Lehman Brothers failed, fear and panic swept in, we had an unpopular President, and the war was grinding on indefinitely without a clear outcome. The people are in pain, and the mantra of change caused people to act emotionally. Any Democrat would have won this election; it was surprising it was as close as it was.
- • In 2012, if the unemployment rate is over ten percent, Republicans will be swept back into power. If it is fewer than eight percent, the Democrats continue to roll. If it’s between eight and ten percent, it will be a dogfight. It will all be about the economy.
Listen to how many times Eric makes a point to say ‘work together’ in order for the London Banking system to keep most of an illegal/treasonous derivative bailout from the tax payers of the United States. This is exactly the basis why REAL CONSERVATIVES revolted against the Crown ~ remember 1776 Eric?
Covering The Treasonous Banking Bailout! Like Were Supposed To Cut Our Own Throats For Rothschild Fascism.
OK, let’s try to connect the dots here, shall we? Republican House WhipEric Cantor, who is a Teutonic Zionist, was asked why America’s Jewish community is so overwhelmingly Democratic. Cantor’s REPLY: Because Jews “are prone to want to help the underdog.”Conclusion: Cantor sees Democrats as champions of the underdog. But, of course, he’s a Republican. Strange!
One of Cantor’s federal election filings, recorded at campaignmoney.com, shows he received 146 contributions from New York donors. Contrast that to only 36 donations from New York that went to Cantor’s ostensible senior partner in the Republican takeover of the House, Boehner, who has been a top-ranking GOP congressional figure for more than a few years. Yet, even Boehner cannot rival Cantor in the number of out-of-state or country cash contributions.
A brief sampling of Cantor’s contributors from New York State alone demonstrate the real clout—and the big names—who are bankrolling him:
All Below Are Teutonic Zionists:
- Kenneth Bialkin, a mob legal mouthpiece, former national chairman of the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, former chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, and now chairman of the America-Israel Friendship League, s a Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) member. The CFR is the New York-based offshoot of the London-based Royal Institute for International Affairs, the Rothschild empire’s foreign policy arm;
- Gary Cohn, president and chief operating officer of Goldman Sachs, the infamous Wall Street investment bank whose financial schemes are well known to many Americans who’ve seen their pensions plundered;
- Steven Drucker of Charmer Sunbelt, a massive liquor conglomerate that has grabbed control of various facets of the U.S. spirits industry;
- Lewis M. Eisenberg who, as a former Goldman Sachs partner, is perhaps best known for serving as chairman from 1995 to the pivotal year of 2001 of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey—at which time the authority turned World Trade Center (WTC) ownership over to international wheeler-dealer, Larry Silverstein, who had the WTC twin towers well insured and suspiciously made billions from the 9-11 attacks.
- Henry Kravis, a member of the CFR and Bilderberg group who was one of the famous “junk bond kings” of the 1980s through his Kohlberg-Kravis-Roberts partnership;
- Ronald Perelman, billionaire head of the Revlon cosmetics empire. He also heads a far-reaching network of radio and television stations. At one point he was said to have been the richest man in America;
- James Tisch, another CFR member and a scion of the billionaire Tisch family who bought control of CBS in the 1980s.
- These are just a few of the powerful New Yorkers who’ve been channeling funds to Cantor’s political enterprises. Three of Cantor’s other notable national contributors are:
- Jeffrey Epstein of California, chief financial officer and executive vice president of the Oracle Corporation, the fiefdom of Larry Ellison, who rose to fame in the 1970s working on a database for the CIA (named “Oracle”). After 9-11, Ellison offered to donate software to the U.S. government to help set up a national identification database, from which national ID cards for American citizens would be issued;
- Neil Livingstone of Washington, D.C., a shadowy figure from the world of intelligence known for close ties to Israel’s Mossad;
- Sheldon Adelson of Las Vegas, who, in many respects, is the modern-day incarnation of the late Meyer Lansky, longtime chief of the Jewish crime syndicate which cemented its influence with the rise of legalized gambling in Vegas.
- Teutonic Zionist Bloomberg, Calls For Carbon Tax On The Middle East: Funnels Money For Air Into Chicago For Rahm Emanuel!
By Michael Collins Piper
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says he believes Obama is a citizen and that most Americans are beyond that question.“I don’t think it’s an issue that we need to address at all. . It is not an issue that even needs to be on the policy-making table right now whatsoever,” he said.Valley News Live
- Obama Born Again? 2 1/2 Years Of Deception & A $2.8 Million Law Tab In Blocking Eligibility Lawsuits! But Wait, Why Did Barry Lie On His 2004 Senate Papers?
“Republicans, on the contrary, are for both the man and the dollar; but in cases of conflict, the man before the dollar.”
- Lieberman Must Live With A Traitor’s Conscience!
- Remembering Obama: Spawn Of Deceptions, The Modus Of The British Monarchy!
- Remember -> Communist Joe Lieberman, Accepts Fraudulent Science Data For America’s Republic: U.S. Senate Found Crooked Scientists Obstructed, Concealed, Manipulated, Colluded, & Lobbied Influence Upon Political Processes For Climate Scheme.
- Communist IINO Joseph Lieberman: War Monger ~ NWO Operative ~ Socialist Sleeper Cell.
Wags say that Cantor will be “the Cantor of the House”—which is a play on Cantor’s Jewish family name. A “cantor” is the individual in a synagogue who leads the chants and prayers along with the rabbi—a major religious role.
So the fact that billionaires in the global financial plutocracy—all intimately tied to the London-based Rothschild family—are underwriting Cantor’s career is a point that cannot be taken lightly. Here’s the exclusive story from AMERICAN FREE PRESS.
- The up-and-coming young congressman—a deeply religious Orthodox Jew devoted to the Talmud, the controversial rabbinic teachings foundational to the Jewish faith—is unique among House members: While most members rely on campaign contributions mainly from their own congressional districts, Cantor has an unusually expansive array of contributions pouring in from across the country.
An Abrahamic Jew Is A Zionist. A Jew Financed By Teutonic Zionists, Is Himself A Teutonic Zionist. Teutonic Zionists are the father of NWO and seated as The City Of London’s Banking Cartel with The British Monarchy as its head piece for attempting centralization of all world finances.
They were the ones who purchased Israel for the Abrahamic Jews only to be exploited by taxation by the Monarchy. The Abrahamic Jews revolted and kicked the British out ( Much Like America had to do with the British in 1776). The Queen of ENgland (and or any other so called royalty) are still forbidden to walk on Jewish soil. Think of (Teutonic Zionists as Liberals/democrats/rinos) and think of (Abrahamic Zionist as Conservatives).
WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND ~ IS OBAMA LETTING THE RINOS DO THE WAR?
Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday during a meeting in New York that the new GOP majority in the House will “serve as a check” on the Obama administration, a statement unusual for its blunt disagreement with U.S. policy delivered directly to a foreign leader.
“Eric stressed that the new Republican majority will serve as a check on the Administration and what has been, up until this point, one party rule in Washington,” read a statement from Cantor’s office on the one-on-one meeting. “He made clear that the Republican majority understands the special relationship between Israel and the United States, and that the security of each nation is reliant upon the other.”
There are growing signs that Eric Cantor’s act last week may be a violation of the Logan Act “which makes it a felony for any American ‘without authority of the United States‘ to communicate with a foreign government to influence that government’s behavior on any disputes with the United States.”
One of the reasons this is clear is because Cantor himself tried to accuse Nancy Pelosi of violating the Logan Act for having merely met with the head of Syria. Imagine if Rep. Pelosi had told Syria to ignore Jr. Imagine if John Kerry had gone to France and told them they were doing the right thing to ignore Jr.
So Boehner What Say You?
WATCH THEM CLOSELY
They just want to play politics with the issue without actually doing anything.
- Maurice Strong Uses Bill Gates Of Microsoft, To Funnel Money For America’s Destruction
- Obama: America Bailed Out Fraudulent Derivative Mortgage Scam By London Banking Cartel With Play Money.
- Barney Frank Is Preventing Glass Steagall From Being Legislated: Glass Steagall Will Nullify Fraudulent Derivative Debt Bailout And Free Us From Subjugation To The Bankrupt British Crown.
- U.S. Congress Out Of Sync: Senator Kerry’s Loathing Of The U.S. Constitution.
- Sedition Inside The Republican Party: RINOs ~ Follow The Money!
- Honduras Did It, The United States People Will Too: Rush Limbaugh ~ Boot The Communist Impostor!
- House Whore Nancy Pelosi – Obama Eligibility: Caught In Conspiracy And Treason – Supplying Altered Congressional Records To The Election Commission!
- The Sedition Of Louisiana’s Rothschild British Rhode Student: Governor Bobby Jindal & Ousted GOP Chairman Roger Villere!
- Governor Bobby Jindal | State of Louisiana
- New Orleans Runs $5,000,000.00 Anti-British Monarchy Campaign : Bobby Jindal Polemicized With Obama Just Long Enough For The Oil To Hit Louisiana Marshlands.
- 70 Inroads By The British Rhodes Empire: Monarchy Reclaiming America By Cronie Capitalism
- United States Senator John McCain :: Home
- 06.27.10Orchestrated Housing Bubble – McCain Erases 100,000 Middle Class Jobs On F-22 Raptor – While Obama Prints Out Trillions Of Fabricated Debt For Britain’s Banks
- United States Waking Up To Rockefeller’s RHINO – Johnny McCain – Johnny Hates America For The Wrong Reasons!
- Obama McCain’s Deadly Defense Cuts: America Becoming A Helpless Tightly Controlled Reservation?
- The World Gears Up While U.S. Dumbs Down – Obama & McCain Terminate F-22 Stealth Raptor Program For Inferior F-35: McCain Gates Agree Sodomy Shower Policy!
- United States Senator Lindsey Graham, South Carolina :: Home
- Blackmail Or Coincidences Rampant? : 1st. Obama Mistress Vera Baker With Full Pay To Martinique (Still Enslaved) – 2nd. (Released) Lindsey Graham Immediately Withdraws Support Of Amnesty & Energy Bill.
- STOP S.679 ~ Charles Schumer Dismantles U.S. Constitution For Dictatorial Powers With Bill S.679.
7 Out Of 10 Richest Members of Congress Are Democrats:
- Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.): $188.6 million <—– Ketchup boy, married Heinz
- Rep. Darrel Issa (R-Calif.): $160.1 million <——Darrell Issa, Tim Geithner’s Tormentor – BusinessWeek
- Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.): $152.3 million
- Sen. Jay Rockefeller ( D-W.Va.): $83.7 million <—— Rocky has a pet and his name is McCain
- Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas): $73.8 million
- Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.); $70.2 million
- Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.): $56.5 million
- Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.): $53.5 million
- Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.): $49.7 million
- Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.): $46.1 million
- Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) ranks No. 12, at $21.7 million.
- Nancy ‘Nazi’ Pelosi Skating On Thin Ice: Want To See Her $156,225,000.00 Reasons For Double Talk?
- Banking Cabalist Spokeswoman Janet Napolitano ~ Tags Middle Class Americans As Terrorists: While Her Own President Supplies Mexican Border Terrorists With American Made Firearms!
- House Whore Nancy Pelosi – Obama Eligibility: Caught In Conspiracy And Treason – Supplying Altered Congressional Records To The Election Commission!
- BREAKING => State Governors Must Stop Obama’s Executive Order: Allowing United Nation Control Of America’s Agriculture.
- Government Oversight Probe Eric Holder: Obama Admin Approved ATF Weapons Smuggling To Mexican Drug Cartel.
- U.S. Congress Out Of Sync: Senator Kerry’s Loathing Of The U.S. Constitution.
- Wars Of The British Banking Cabalists.
- United States Most Lethal Enemy: Banking Cartel’s CIA ~ America Must Take Out The CIA.
- What The Bankers aka; NWO Had In Mind, When British Petroleum Orchestrated The Gulf Oil Spill.
- Rothschild’s New World Order Multiculturalism: Its All Just A Money Making Hoax ~ That Demands Loss Of Your Own Identity.
- Arizona Sheriff: ‘If Decapitating Police Officers Is Not Terrorism, What is?’: More Troops At Korean Border Than Deadly U.S. Mexican Border.
- Pope Benedict XVI & Archbishop Of Sydney Australia Condemn Global Warming Scheme: ‘Corruption And Illegality’ By Politicians And Businesses Rampant!
- Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam To Sign SB1028/HB1353: Felony To Aid Muslim Brotherhood With Money, Advice Or Any Other Aid!
- Libya’s Paper Tiger ~ Socialist Sleeper Cell Dennis Kucinich: Colludes With Terrorist Organization CAIR, Kucinich’s Code Pink Distributes $600,000 To Terrorists In Iraq!
- Barney Frank’s Collusion, Corruption, & Fannie Friends!
- Tarball Obama, Forces America’s Doctors To Violate The Hippocratic Oath: Its Back To The Nazi Concentration Camps!
- Rothschild Agent Hillary Clinton: Attempts To Supersede 2nd Amendment ~ By Colluding With U.N. Global Gun Control Ban!
- The Corrupt Mexican Aristocracy ~ Defund La Raza: $5 Million Tax Dollars Given In 2010 ~ Used For Communist Activities!
- RINOS Want 6 More Years Of “Patriot Act” To Help Obama’s Fears Of U.S. Veterans: Janet Napolitano Stated, “right-wing, gun-toting veterans are the worst terrorists out there”
- Pedophilia Amnesty International: United Nations & DynCorp ~ Indictments For Failure To Protect Children Forthcoming?
- Another Obama Black Hole! –> Death of Osama bin Laden: Trail To bin Laden Ended, When His Funeral Was Announced Throughout The World On December 26, 2001.
- Operation Blue Beam: Rothschild Aerial Hallucinogenics ~ A New York Fly By!
- Bankers With Out Boundaries [NWO] ~ Obama’s French Connection: French Felon Nadhmi Auchi & French Felon George Soros!
- OBAMA FOUND IN CONTEMPT OF COURT: Gulf Drilling Moratorium, U.S. Federal Judge Rules
- Maniacal U.N. Operatives OKs Willful HIV Infection ~ Obama Stops Funding For AIDS Prevention.
- JFK Killed Just Days After Shutting Down Rothschild’s Fed Reserve In 1963: Secret Memo Shows President Signed Executive Orders EO-11 And EO-110! ORDERS ARE STILL IN FORCE BUT NOT ENFORCED!!!
- Released: Obama Gave ACORN $3 Billion USD In Taxpayer Stimulus ~ While Shutting Down America’s Oil Production!
- Convicted Felon George Soros: Buying Off Corrupt Politicians To Destroy Elections For America’s Judicial System:
- BREAKING ==> TREASON: Obama Drill There Drill Now ~ Stimulates Brazil ~ Do We Need Anymore Reasons To Convene Nuremberg Principles Against This Bastard?!?
- WILL OBAMA RETURN $994,795 IN GOLDMAN SACHS CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS?
- Assange Exposing The Corruption By Rothschild Operatives Inside The U.S.
- LaRouche: The Angelides Report Tells the Truth; Now, It’s Time To Defend the Nation with Glass-Steagall
- Obama’s $180 Million U.S. TAXPAYER Gift Card To The U.N.
- Muslim Brotherhood’s Terror Training Camps Inside The USA.
The mainstream media does not cover the full extent of the damage the Obama Administration has inflicted on this country. Even FOX News often doesn’t have the time to go into sufficient depth to explain what is happening.
From our friend Ruth S. King comes a chart which all of us should read and absorb, sobering though it may be: These prices were from 2009 -about Feb. 2011 – They have increased since.
|January 2009||Today||% chg||Source|
|Avg. retail price/gallon gas in U.S.||$1.83||$3.104||69.6%||1|
|Crude oil, European Brent (barrel)||$43.48||$99.02||127.7%||2|
|Crude oil, West TX Inter. (barrel)||$38.74||$91.38||135.9%||2|
|Gold: London (per troy oz.)||$853.25||$1,369.50||60.5%||2|
|Corn, No.2 yellow, Central IL||$3.56||$6.33||78.1%||2|
|Soybeans, No. 1 yellow, IL||$9.66||$13.75||42.3%||2|
|Sugar, cane, raw, world, lb. fob||$13.37||$35.39||164.7%||2|
|Unemployment rate, non-farm, overall||7.6%||9.4%||23.7%||3|
|Unemployment rate, blacks||12.6%||15.8%||25.4%||3|
|Number of unemployed||11,616,000||14,485,000||24.7%||3|
|Number of fed. employees, ex. military (curr = 12/10 prelim)||2,779,000||2,840,000||2.2%||3|
|Real median household income (2008 v 2009)||$50,112||$49,777||-0.7%||4|
|Number of food stamp recipients (curr = 10/10)||31,983,716||43,200,878||35.1%||5|
|Number of unemployment benefit recipients (curr = 12/10)||7,526,598||9,193,838||22.2%||6|
|Number of long-term unemployed||2,600,000||6,400,000||146.2%||3|
|Poverty rate, individuals (2008 v 2009)||13.2%||14.3%||8.3%||4|
|People in poverty in U.S. (2008 v 2009)||39,800,000||43,600,000||9.5%||4|
|U.S. rank in Economic Freedom World Rankings||5||9||n/a||10|
|Present Situation Index (curr = 12/10)||29.9||23.5||-21.4%||11|
|Failed banks (curr = 2010 + 2011 to date)||140||164||17.1%||12|
|U.S. dollar versus Japanese yen exchange rate||89.76||82.03||-8.6%||2|
|U.S. money supply, M1, in billions (curr = 12/10 prelim)||1,575.1||1,865.7||18.4%||13|
|U.S. money supply, M2, in billions (curr = 12/10 prelim)||8,310.9||8,852.3||6.5%||13|
|National debt, in trillions||$10.627||$14.052||32.2%||14|
Just take this last item:
In the last two years we have accumulated national debt at a rate more than 27 times as fast as during the rest of our entire nation’s history.
Over 27 times as fast!
Metaphorically, speaking, if you are driving in the right lane doing 65 MPH and a car rockets past you in the left lane 27 times faster . . . it would be doing 1,755 MPH!
(1) U.S. Energy Information Administration; (2) Wall Street Journal; (3) Bureau of Labor Statistics; (4) Census Bureau; (5) USDA; (6) U.S. Dept. of Labor; (7) FHFA; (8) Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller; (9) RealtyTrac; (10) Heritage Foundation and WSJ; (11) The Conference Board; (12) FDIC; (13) Federal Reserve; (14) U.S. Treasury
- Deception At The Fed
- Obama Engineering Greece: Major Food Distributor Sysco: Immediate Volatile Prices, Expected Limited Availability!
- Enemy Of The State Eric Cantor: Paid By London ~ Cuts A Mere $100B ~ Still Allows $Trillions To The Crown Bailout ~ Wants To Work With Them.
- Tar-ball Obama: Exploits Poor For Debt Riddled Austerity Health Insurance & Now BLOCKS Their Energy Assistance!
- Obama: America Bailed Out Fraudulent Derivative Mortgage Scam By London Banking Cartel With Play Money.
- Barney Frank Is Preventing Glass Steagall From Being Legislated: Glass Steagall Will Nullify Fraudulent Derivative Debt Bailout And Free Us From Subjugation To The Bankrupt British Crown.
- No, Obama Is Not A Screwup: British Crown’s Ideologically-Driven Strategic Ineptitude -> Illuminati Chaos.
- Defunding The United Nations: “It’s A Rogue’s Gallery A Pariah State” “..That Needs Congressional Action”
- Obamunism: Our Children’s Future Paying Off Fraudulent International Bank Gambling Bailout? Restore Glass Steagall Act
- Mayor Bloomberg “Its Good For New York” : Shuts Down 22 MORE Schools, Catholic Church And Opens Sharia Mosque.
- Defunding Planned Parenthood: Founder Of Planned Parenthood White Supremacist Margaret Sanger.
- Global Awakening ~ Behold Is Suddenly Upon You: Roman Catholic Church Condemns Global Warming Scheme.
- MegaRich Rothschild Socialists, Seeking Global Serfdom For Their Power: Soros Spokesman For British Monarchy, Obama His Puppet ~ Strategy For 2011-2012
- Obama’s Orchestrated Blocking Of New Power Plants Triggers Nationwide Blackouts: Mexico Stops Electricity.
- AIG Banks Gave $100 Million Of America’s Bailout Money: To Islam Head-cutting Sharia Groups & Che Guevara Cronies.
- Remember ~ California: Guts The Middle Class ~ Not Leading But Following Europe’s Austerity Footsteps Of Subjugation To Globalist Thugs.
Judicial Watch Announces List of Washington’s “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians” for 2010
It’s that time of year again! As the nation’s largest government watchdog organization, each year Judicial Watch publishes its list of Washington’s “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians.” The purpose of the list, which is widely distributed in the press, is to put the spotlight on the year’s most egregious incidents of secrecy, corruption and abuse of power. This list is a powerful tool to educate Americans about the bipartisan problem of corruption in Washington, so please share it far and wide.
The 2010 list, in alphabetical order, includes: Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Rahm Emanuel, Former Obama White House Chief of Staff, Senator John Ensign (R-NV), Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL), President Barack Obama, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY), and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA).
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) is Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Ethics. But it appears she still needs an ethics lesson. Boxer presided over a year-long investigation by the Senate Ethics Committee into whether two of her Senate colleagues, Christopher Dodd (D-CT) and Kent Conrad (D-ND), received preferential treatment from Countrywide Financial as part of the company’s “VIP” program. (Senate ethics rules prohibit members from receiving loan terms not available to the general public.) In fact, according to The Associated Press, during an Ethics Committee hearing Boxer asked “the bulk of the questions.”
However, Boxer failed to mention (or disclose on her official Senate Financial Disclosure documents) that she and her husband have signed no less than seven mortgages with Countrywide! At the time of the hearing, Boxer reportedly indicated she had paid off two Countrywide mortgages, but did not mention the others.
The evidence clearly showed that Dodd and Conrad knew they were receiving preferential treatment despite repeated denials. Yet Boxer’s Senate Ethics Committee allowed Dodd and Conrad to wriggle off the hook with a light admonition that suggested the two Senators should have exercised better judgment. The same, apparently, can be said of the Committee’s own chair, who either neglected to mention or outright lied about her own dealings with the corrupt mortgage company.
Rahm Emanuel, Former Obama White House Chief of Staff didn’t earn the nickname “Rahmbo” for being a mild-mannered shrinking violet. He served as Bill Clinton’s chief money-man at a time when the Clinton campaign was corrupted by foreign money. He defended the “worst of the worst” Clinton scandals, and, in fact, earned his reputation as a ruthless political combatant by fiercely defending President Clinton in the Monica Lewinsky investigation. (Notably, Emanuel also served on the board of Freddie Mac when the company was involved in fraudulent activity.)
The bottom line is that when the Clintons’ dirty work needed to be done, Emanuel did it and apparently without question. That didn’t change under Obama. Remember when the Obama White House wanted to manipulate Democratic primaries in 2010?
Emanuel teamed with his then-Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina to allegedly interfere with Senate elections in Pennsylvania and Colorado by offering federal appointments to Rep. Joe Sestak and Andrew Romanoff. Sestak and Romanoff were not Obama’s favored candidates, so Emanuel and Messina apparently attempted to unlawfully persuade them to abandon their campaigns.
A Judicial Watch complaint to the U.S. Office of Special Counsel on June 15, 2010, tells the story: “As widely reported in the media, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina, on behalf of the Obama Administration, have both used their position and influence as highly placed federal employees to affect the outcome of federal elections in direct violation of the Hatch Act, which states that an employee may not ‘use his official authority or influence for the purpose of interfering with or affecting the result of an election.’”
And then, of course, there’s Emanuel’s participation in the Blagojevich scandal.
According to sworn testimony during the “Blago” trial, Emanuel served as Obama’s chief negotiator with the Blagojevich team as the former Illinois Governor attempted to illegally sell Obama’s former Senate seat to the highest bidder. Unfortunately, the federal prosecutor cut short the case against Blagojevich and Emanuel and other Obama insiders were never called to testify.
Emanuel left the White House under an ethical cloud and has decided to throw his hat in the ring for Mayor of Chicago, where he again stands accused of ignoring the rules and violating the law regarding candidate residency requirements.
Senator John Ensign (R-NV): In a scandal that first broke in 2009, Senator Ensign publicly admitted to an affair with the wife of a long-time staffer. And the evidence indicates Ensign then tried to cover up his sexual shenanigans by bribing the couple with lucrative gifts and political favors.
According to The New York Times, after Ensign’s aide, Douglas Hampton, discovered the affair, “Mr. Ensign asked political backers to find a job for…Hampton. Payments of $96,000 to the Hamptons also were made by Senator Ensign’s parents, who insist this was a gift, not hush money. Once a lobbying job was secured, Senator Ensign and his chief of staff continued to help Mr. Hampton, advocating his clients’ cases directly with federal agencies.”
These lobbying activities were seemingly in violation of the Senate’s “cooling off” period for lobbyists. According to The Wall Street Journal, “Under Senate rules, former Senate aides cannot lobby their former colleagues for one year after leaving Capitol Hill.” Hampton began to lobby Mr. Ensign’s office immediately upon leaving his congressional job.
Ensign seems to have ignored the law and allowed Hampton lobbying access to his office as a payment for his silence about the affair. And despite the claims of Ensign and his parents, the $96,000 in “gifts” provided to the Hamptons were clearly hush payments.
Nonetheless, on December 1, 2010, the Obama Justice Department announced it will file no criminal charges against Ensign, while the Federal Election Commission has alsodismissed a related ethics complaint. If there is to be justice for Ensign, it will have to be up to the corrupt (see Boxer entry above) Senate Ethics Committee, which is still considering the charges against the Nevada Republican.
Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA): In a story that continued to mushroom throughout 2010, Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) improperly intervened for Maxine Waters (D-CA) on behalf of his home-state OneUnited Bank to obtain Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) funds. When asked about the scandal, the Massachusetts Democrat admitted he spoke to a “federal regulator” but, according to The Wall Street Journal he didn’t remember which federal regulator he spoke with.” According to explosive Treasury Department emailsuncovered by Judicial Watch in 2010, however, it appears this nameless bureaucrat was none other than then-Treasury Secretary Henry “Hank” Paulson!
While Frank’s “partner in crime” in the OneUnited scandal, Congressman Maxine Waters, is being investigated by the House Ethics Committee (see below), Frank’s colleagues in the House have inexcusably ignored the Massachusetts Democrat’s connection to the OneUnited grant.
To this day, Barney Frank continues to defend his role in the meltdown of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, saying he was just as blindsided as the rest of America when the two government sponsored enterprises collapsed, triggering the financial crisis. Frank has been peddling this fiction ever since the economy collapsed in September 2008. But, asThe Boston Globe reported in a devastating article published on October 14, 2010, not many people are buying Frank’s lies anymore. And Frank knows it. Here’s an excerpt from the Globe:
The issue…in 2003 was whether mortgage backers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were fiscally strong. Frank declared with his trademark confidence that they were, accusing critics and regulators of exaggerating threats to Fannie’s and Freddie’s financial integrity. And, the Massachusetts Democrat maintained, ‘even if there were problems, the federal government doesn’t bail them out.’ Now, it’s clear he was wrong on both points…
Frank wasn’t wrong. He was just lying through his teeth. Frank claims that he “missed” the warning signs with Fannie and Freddie because he was wearing “ideological blinders,” which was just his lame attempt to blame Republicans. But he did not miss them. According to evidence uncovered by Judicial Watch, he just chose to ignore them.
Judicial Watch obtained documents in 2010 proving that members of Congress, including — and perhaps especially — Barney Frank, were well aware that Fannie and Freddie were in deep trouble due to corruption and incompetence and yet they did nothing to stop it.
Moreover, as the Globe notes, in July 2008, then-Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson says he called Frank and told him the government would need to spend “billions of taxpayer dollars to backstop the institutions from catastrophic failure.” Frank, despite that conversation, appeared on national television two days later and said the companies were “fundamentally sound, not in danger of going under.” Less than two months later, the government seized Fannie and Freddie and the bailout began.
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL): This year’s trial of scandal-ridden former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich ended with “Blago” being convicted of only 1 of 24 charges related to the scheme to sell Obama’s vacated Senate seat to the highest bidder. But as the government plans its second attempt to prosecute the case, one person who should be on the hot-seat is Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL).
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, “Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. directed a major political fund-raiser to offer former Gov. Rod Blagojevich millions of dollars in campaign cash in return for an appointment to the U.S. Senate.”
How much cash?
The Chicago Sun Times put that figure at $1.5 million in its initial reports. But according to Jackson’s fundraiser, Raghuveer Nayak, the Illinois Congressman asked him to offer not $1.5 million, but a whopping $6 million in campaign cash to Blagojevich to secure the Senate seat!
In addition to his corrupt deal-making, in 2010 Jackson was also nailed for conducting an improper and potentially criminal relationship with a female “social acquaintance.”
Nayak told investigators that Jackson asked him to “pay to fly a Washington, DC, restaurant hostess named Giovana Huidobro…to Chicago to visit him.” Nayak reportedly did so twice.
We all know what “social acquaintance” means under these circumstances. Jackson says this is a “private and personal matter between me and my wife.” But not if it involves public funds or illegal gifts — issues which remain unsettled.
President Barack Obama: Remember the promise President Obama made just after his inauguration in 2009? “Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency.”
Instead, Americans have suffered through lies, stonewalling, cover-ups, corruption, secrecy, scandal and blatant disregard for the rule of law…this has been the Obama legacy in its first two years.
In 2010, Obama was caught in a lie over what he knew about Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s scheme to sell the president’s vacated Senate seat. Blagojevich’s former Chief of Staff John Harris testified that Obama had personal knowledge of Blago’s plot to obtain a presidential cabinet position in exchange for appointing a candidate handpicked by the President. In fact, according to Harris’s court testimony, Obama sent Blagojevich a list of “acceptable” Senate candidates to fill his old seat. Obama was interviewed by the FBI even before he was sworn into office. He claimed he and his staff had no contact with Blagojevich’s office. Unfortunately federal prosecutors never called the President or his staff to testify under oath.
The President also broke his famous pledge to televise healthcare negotiations. And in 2010, we learned why he broke his pledge. In what is now known as the “Cornhusker Kickback” scheme, Obama and the Democrats in the Senate “purchased” the vote of one of the last Democrat hold-outs, Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson, who opposed Obamacare over the issue of covering abortions with taxpayer funds. Nelson abandoned his opposition to Obamacare after receiving millions of dollars in federal aid for his home-state, helping to give the Democrats the 60 votes they needed to overcome a Republican filibuster. Same goes for Louisiana Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu, who received a $100 million payoff in what has been called “The Louisiana Purchase.” (The Kickback was so corrupt that Democrats stripped it out at the last minute. The Louisiana Purchase, on the other hand, became law of the land.)
Obama lied about his White House’s involvement in this legislative bribery that helped lead to the passage of the signature policy achievement of his presidency.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA): “Air Pelosi” is now grounded.
Judicial Watch uncovered documents back in 2009 detailing attempts by Pentagon staff to accommodate Pelosi’s numerous requests for military escorts and military aircraft for herself and her family as well as the speaker’s 11th hour cancellations and changes. In 2010, Judicial Watch kept the pressure on Pelosi, uncovering documents that demonstrated the Speaker was using U.S. Air Force aircraft as her own personal party planes. Overall, the Speaker’s military travel cost the United States Air Force $2,100,744.59 over a two-year period — $101,429.14 of which was for in-flight expenses, including food and alcohol.
For example, purchases for one Pelosi-led congressional delegation traveling from Washington, DC to Tel Aviv, Israel and Baghdad, Iraq May 15-20, 2008, included: Johnny Walker Red scotch, Grey Goose vodka, E&J brandy, Bailey’s Irish Cream, Maker’s Mark whisky, Courvoisier cognac, Bacardi Light rum, Jim Beam whiskey, Beefeater gin, Dewar’s scotch, Bombay Sapphire gin, Jack Daniels whiskey, Corona beer and several bottles of wine.
Moreover, Pelosi also abused the rules by allowing members of her family to join her on taxpayer-funded Air Force flights. For example, on June 20, 2009, Speaker Pelosi’s daughter, son-in-law and two grandsons joined a flight from Andrews Air Force Base to San Francisco International Airport. That flight included $143 for on-flight expenses for food and other items. On July 2, 2010, Pelosi took her grandson on a flight from Andrews Air Force Base to Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California, which is northeast of San Francisco.
Judicial Watch’s efforts not only exposed Nancy Pelosi’s corrupt abuse of military aircraft, but they also led to reform when Rep. John Boehner announced after Election Day that, as Speaker of the House of Representatives, he will fly commercial to and from Ohio instead of using military aircraft.
Of course, it was Rep. Nancy Pelosi who famously promised to “drain the swamp” in Washington, DC during the campaign of 2006 when the Democrats seized control of power on Capitol Hill. That did not happen. Aside from her own personal transgressions, Pelosi also turned a blind eye to corruption on the part of her Congressional colleagues (see Charlie Rangel entry below).
Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY): On December 2, 2010, the House of Representatives voted 333-79 to “censure” Rep. Charles Rangel. Next to expulsion, this is the most serious sanction that can be taken by the House against an individual member. This censure vote followed an investigation by the Committee for Official Standards of Conduct, which finally convicted Rangel on 13 ethics violations, including:
- Forgetting to pay taxes on $75,000 in rental income he earned from his off-shore rental property. (Rangel was formerly in charge of the committee responsible for writing tax policy.)
- Misusing his congressional office, staff and resources to raise money for his private Rangel Center for Public Service, to be housed at the City College of New York. (He also put the squeeze on donors who had business before his House Ways and Means Committee, and used the congressional “free mail” privilege to solicit funds.)
- Misusing his residentially-zoned Harlem apartment as a campaign headquarters.
- Failing to report $600,000 in income on his official congressional financial disclosure reports, which contained “numerous errors and omissions.”
It is worth noting that the Committee did not consider other serious corruption charges against Rangel. For example, it has been alleged that Rangel preserved a tax loophole for an oil company in exchange for a Rangel Center donation. The Committee also did not consider the charge that Rangel used improper influence to maintain ownership of his highly coveted rent-controlled apartment — the same apartment he improperly used for campaign activities.
As this is Washington, politicians of both parties will pretend that censure is a serious punishment. But it is a “punishment” that simply requires Rangel to come to the well of the House and hear a disapproving statement read by lame-duck House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. In the real world, you get fired or thrown in jail for abusing your office and not paying your taxes.
Here is further context: The last time the House censured anyone was in 1983, when two congressmen (a Republican and Democrat) were censured for having sexual relationships with teenaged House pages. It seems that unless one is convicted of a crime, one can do anything as a congressman and not be thrown out of the House! The fact that the House has so rarely resorted to censure is more indicative of the lack of seriousness about ethics in Congress than of the so-called severity of the censure punishment.
Rangel should have been expelled from the House of Representatives.
Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY): On Election Day 2010, voters sent Congress a clear message: No more big spending or corrupt back-room deals! And what did House Republicans decide to do as one of their first moves for the new Tea Party Congress? Appoint Rep. Hal Rogers, also known as the “Prince of Pork,” to chair the powerful House Appropriations Committee.
According to ABC News: “In two years, Rogers pushed through 135 earmarks worth $246 million. He’s brought tens of millions of dollars into his hometown of Somerset, Ky., so much so that the town has been dubbed ‘Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood.’” Among the most egregious earmarks was a $17 million grant Rogers obtained for an “Airport to Nowhere,” a Kentucky airport with “so little traffic that the last commercial airline pulled out in February (2010).”
But the most serious charge against Rogers involves an earmark he obtained that could benefit one of his own family members.
Rogers secured $5 million in the House for conservation groups that work with wild cats, including the Cheetah Conservation Fund, a Namibia-based organization that employs Rogers’ daughter Allison. In fact, Allison Rogers serves as grants administrator. After she joined the organization in 2007, Congressman Rogers began his push for funding. In 2009, with help from Rogers, the bill passed the House by a 2-1 margin. (It has yet to be voted on in the Senate.)
Congressman Rogers claims he’ll change his stripes now: “No more earmarks. I’ll be the enforcer of the moratorium.” But Rogers’ 27 year history of wasting taxpayer funds on questionable projects is certainly cause for skepticism.
On November 9, 2010, Judicial Watch sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner asking him to reject a bid by Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA), who made our 2009 “Top Ten” list, to once again serve as Chair of the Appropriations Committee, given Lewis’s penchant for influence peddling. Rep. Rogers, however, is no upgrade.
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA): Now that Charlie Rangel has been “punished” for his wrongdoing is California Rep. Maxine Waters next up on the hot-seat?
The Committee on Standards of Official Conduct (known informally as the House Ethics Committee) plans to hold hearings, although the committee delayed the trial indefinitely on November 29, 2010, citing newly discovered documentary evidence that may impact proceedings. According to The Associated Press, “The charges focus on whether Waters broke the rules in requesting federal help for a bank where her husband owned stock and had served on the board of directors.”
Judicial Watch has investigated the Waters/OneUnited Bank scandal for months. In fact, JW successfully sued the Obama Treasury Department to get documents and obtained explosive emails from the Treasury that provide documented evidence to support the charges against Waters.
For instance, a January 13, 2009, email from Brookly McLaughlin, Treasury’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, expresses surprise at Waters’ apparent conflict of interest:
Further to email below, WSJ [Wall Street Journal] tells me: …Apparently this bank is the only one that has gotten money through section 103-6 of the EESA law. And Maxine Waters’ husband is on the board of the bank. ??????
Judicial Watch also uncovered documents detailing the deplorable financial condition of the bank at the time of the cash infusion, which showed that the bank would have been an unlikely candidate to receive TARP funding without intervention from Waters and Frank.
Aside from OneUnited, there was yet another scandal with Waters’ fingerprints all over it.
According to The Washington Times: “A lobbyist known as one of California’s most successful power brokers while serving as a legislative leader in that state paid Rep. Maxine Waters’ husband $15,000 in consulting fees at a time she was co-sponsoring legislation that would help save the real-estate finance business of one of the lobbyist’s best-paying clients, records show.” That “real-estate finance business” was labeled a “scam” by the IRS in a 2006 report.
Where Are They Now?
(Updates on Selected Judicial Watch “Ten Most Wanted” Alumni)
Jack Abramoff, Former Lobbyist: Jack Abramoff appeared on Judicial Watch’s 2006 “Ten Most Wanted” list for his role in a slew of public corruption scandals that led to the convictions of 20 people, including former Ohio Republican Congressman Bob Ney.Abramoff was sentenced that year to nearly six years in prison for a fraudulent casino deal. In 2008, Abramoff received a concurrent four-year sentence “for conspiring to defraud the government, corrupting public officials and defrauding his clients in a separate case.” In December 2010, Abramoff completed a six-month stint at a Baltimore pizza joint, which officially concludes his prison sentence, and he is now on probation for three years. In 2010, Abramoff was also the subject of a new film called “Casino Jack,” which stars actor Kevin Spacey. Spacey received a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of the disgraced former lobbyist.
Former Senator Roland Burris (D-IL): Former Senator Roland Burris made Judicial Watch’s 2009 “Ten Most Wanted” list for his corrupt (and ultimately successful) attempt to secure Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat from then-Governor Rod Blagojevich. According to Reuters: “Roland Burris came under fresh scrutiny…after disclosing he tried to raise money for the disgraced former Illinois governor who named him to the U.S. Senate seat once held by President Barack Obama…Burris said he looked into mounting a fundraiser for Rod Blagojevich — later charged with trying to sell Obama’s Senate seat — at the same time he was expressing interest to the then-governor’s aides about his desire to be appointed.” Burris changed his story five times regarding his contacts with Blagojevich prior to being appointed to the U.S. Senate. Three of those changing explanations came under oath. As a special appointment, Roland Burris’s term ended in November 2010, and he is no longer in the U.S. Senate.
Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX): Congressman DeLay was embroiled in a series of scandals while serving as majority leader for House Republicans, earning him a spot on Judicial Watch’s 2006 “Ten Most Wanted” list. DeLay, who was also investigated for his ties to “Ten Most Wanted” alumnus Jack Abramoff, resigned his post as majority leader in 2005 and resigned from Congress in 2006. In November 2010, DeLay was ultimately convicted of “illegally funneling corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002,” according to The Associated Press. “He faces five years to life in prison on the money laundering charge and two to 20 years on the conspiracy charge.” Mr. DeLay is adamant he did nothing wrong and plans to appeal the verdict. Mr. DeLay is also the only “Ten Most Wanted” alumnus to appear on the television dance competition Dancing with the Stars.
Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT): Senator Dodd made Judicial Watch’s “Ten Most Wanted” list in 2008 for his corrupt relationship with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and for improperly accepting preferential treatment from Countrywide Financial as part of the company’s corrupt “Friends of Angelo” VIP program. Then he made the list again in 2009for undervaluing a property he owns in Ireland on his Senate Financial Disclosure form. Dodd allegedly obtained a sweetheart real estate deal for the Ireland property in exchange for his assistance in obtaining a presidential pardon (during the Clinton administration) and other favors for a long-time friend and business associate. It seems the scandals were too much politically, and in 2010 Dodd announced he would not run for re-election. Despite his ethical lapses related to the financial sector, Dodd’s name (along with Barney Frank’s) is affixed to the “Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act,” the huge regulatory overhaul of the financial sector passed and signed into the law earlier this year. In January 2011 he will be out of office.
For previous versions of the annual Top Ten list, please go here.
- U.S. Atty. Gen. Reassures Muslims Of DOJ Protection
- Obama’s Stimulus Funds Dinosaur Egg Study In China
- Feds Take Over School Bake Sales
- U.S. Ignores Serious Threats Along Northern Border
- Nullify The $70 Billion UnConstitutional Fed’s Department Of Education: No Constitutional Authority For Fed’s Brain Washing Our Children.
Tea Party movement
The Tea Party movement (TPM) is an American populist political movement that is generally recognized as conservative and libertarian, and has sponsored protests and supported political candidates since 2009. It endorses reduced government spending, opposition to taxation in varying degrees, reduction of the national debt and federal budget deficit, and adherence to an originalist interpretation of the United States Constitution.
The name “Tea Party” is a reference to the Boston Tea Party, a protest by colonists who objected to a British tax on tea in 1773 and demonstrated by dumping British tea taken from docked ships into the harbor. Some commentators have referred to the Tea in “Tea Party” as the backronym “Taxed Enough Already”.
The Tea Party movement has caucuses in the House of Representatives and the Senate of the United States. The Tea Party movement has no central leadership, but is composed of a loose affiliation of national and local groups that determine their own platforms and agendas. The Tea Party movement has been cited as an example of grassroots political activity, although it has also been cited as an example of astroturfing.
The Tea Party’s most noted national figures include Republican politicians such as Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, Dick Armey, and Ron Paul, with Paul described by some as the “intellectual godfather” of the movement. Though the Tea Party movement is not, as of 2011, a national political party, polls show that most Tea Partiers consider themselves to be Republicans and it has tended to endorse Republican candidates. Commentators including Gallup editor-in-chief Frank Newport have suggested that the movement is not a new political group, but simply a rebranding of traditional Republican candidates and policies. An October 2010 Washington Post canvass of local Tea Party organizers found 87% saying “dissatisfaction with mainstream Republican Party leaders” was “an important factor in the support the group has received so far”.