Friday, March 26, 2010


The Wikipedia site is often charged with being dominated by leftist especially on key issues. Most frequently cited is Global Warming. There appears to be an editor on this subject who has no other job than to keep the citation on Global Warming something Al Gore would approve of.

I learn it myself when I went to use it as a source for my article on Democrat scandals. If you look at it you will find under the Obama Administration four scandals. You have the AmeriCorp scandal and the Eric Massa scandal for the Democrats and they include Joe Wilson saying "you lie" during an Obama speach on healthcare and an affair by Republican John Ensign.

Interesting--two for the Democrats and two for the Republicans.

I listed about 30 democrat scandals, but some of them came before the Obama Administration. But calling saying "you lie" a scandal, opens up more scandals by the democrats. Let's see if we can find more than four scandals during the Obama Administration.

Obama was very tough on the Bush Administration for their use of executive privilege. However, Obama has used it once for Desiree Rogers, his social secretary. When congress wanted to investigate how uninvited guest could get into White House receptions, Obama must have felt this was a matter of national security and refused to let her tesitify.


When Obama went into office he tried to get a number of appointments through that had tax problems. These included two who are actually serving in the cabinent (Kathleen Sebelius HHS and Tim Geithner Treasury) and three who withdrew (Tom Dashle HHS, Ron Kirk US Trade Representative and Nancy Killefer Chief Performance Officer).

Former Democrat star Bill Richardson also had to withdraw his name as a nominee for Secretary of Commerce. The heart of the problem is a federal investigation into an alleged pay-to-play scheme involving Richardson’s political action committee, Moving America Forward.

Kevin Jennings was appointed by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in July 2009 as assistant deputy secretary to head the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools. His nomination was spotted by the fact he had failed to report to the police a case about 20 years ago where a student was sexually used by an adult male.

The current Secretary of Education Arne Duncan it was reveal this week, manipulated a system (Chicago) to favor powerful political allies by placing their children in the schools of their choice.


Fortunately for Obama, the John Edwards scandal broke before he was offered a cabinent post. We wont count Edwards.

In my previous posting I left out the czars.

Obama Science Czar John Holdren is directly involved in CRU’s unfolding Climategate scandal. In 1977, Paul R. Ehrlich, Anne H. Ehrlich, and Holdren co-authored the textbook Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment; they discussed the possible role of a wide variety of solutions to overpopulation, from voluntary family planning to enforced population controls, including forced sterilization for women after they gave birth to a designated number of children, and recommended "the use of milder methods of influencing family size preferences" such as access to birth control and abortion.

Van Jones was the green czar who was found out to be a Truther (someone who thinks the US Government was responsible for the 9/11 attacks) and forced to resign.

Steven Rattner Obama's car czar was forced to resign when it was revealed he was subject of a long-running SEC investigation into a massive pay-to-play scheme. Authorities allege that several investment firms, including the one co-founded by Mr. Rattner, paid to get investments from the $122 billion New York state pension fund.


In September 2009, the House ethics committee said it would put off for now an expanded investigation into whether Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. or his representatives tried to buy President Barack Obama's former Senate seat.

Others under investigation include Jane Harman who allegedly tried to trade favors to get a leadership position in the House and Laura Richardson who may have filed improper financial disclosures.

Maxine Waters' came under scrutiny after former Treasury Department officials said she helped arrange a meeting between regulators and executives at OneUnited Bank last year, without mentioning her husband's financial ties to the institution. Her husband, Sidney Williams, served on the bank's board until early last year and owned at least $250,000 in its stock.

John Murtha before his death was among seven lawmakers under review for allegedly trading earmarks for campaign contributions.

Alan Mollohan is under investigation for allegedly using his office for personal profit

Former Democratic Rep. William Jefferson of Louisiana on August 5, 2009, was found guilty of 11 of the 16 corruption counts. Jefferson's lawyers have promised to appeal. Jefferson was sentenced to 13 years on November 13, 2009, the longest sentence ever handed down to a congressman for bribery. This happened just before Obama came into office, but is relevant because of the audacity of it.

Charles Rangel (D-NY) failed to report $75,000 income from the rental of his villa in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and was forced to pay $11,000 in back taxes.(September 2008) Even with this he held onto his chairmanship for the Democrats and only recently gave it up due to remaining under investigation by a House ethics panel for other problems.

Chris Dodd was implicated in get a “sweetheart deal” from Countrywide Mortgage even while he chaired a committee that oversaw the financial sector. His popularity has dropped so much, that he has announced his retirement.

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D., N.D.) also had a sweetheart deal.


Scandal associated with the Healthcare bill.

Ben Nelson’s might be the most blatant vote for pay democrat – a deal carved out for a single state, a permanent exemption from the state share of Medicaid expansion for Nebraska, meaning federal taxpayers have to kick in an additional $45 million in the first decade.

Democratic holdout, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), took credit for $10 billion in new funding for community health centers, while denying it was a “sweetheart deal.” He was clearly more enthusiastic about a bill he said he couldn’t support just three days before.

Nelson and Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) carved out an exemption for non-profit insurers in their states from a hefty excise tax. Similar insurers in the other 48 states will pay the tax.

Vermont and Massachusetts were given additional Medicaid funding, another plus for Sanders and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Three states – Pennsylvania, New York and Florida – all won protections for their Medicare Advantage beneficiaries at a time when the program is facing cuts nationwide.

All of this came on top of a $300 million increase for Medicaid in Louisiana, designed to win the vote of Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu.

The Healthcare bill includes tens of millions of extra Medicaid dollars for the state to help assuage nervous Tennessee Dems like Rep. Bart Gordon (D-TN).

While most American banks will be cut off from subsidies for private student loans (as part of the government takeover of the student lending industry attached to the bill), banks in Rep. Earl Pomeroy’s (D-ND) state will still see the cash rolling into its banks.

Democratic staffers were huddled behind closed doors with PhRMA lobbyists as they crafted the final bill. Not so coincidentally, PhRMA has now decided it will run expensive television ads in the districts of 38 wavering Democrats. That type of apparent quid pro quo is about as ugly as political payoffs get.


I expect we will see more scandals come to light as more is known about the healthcare bill.

Here's what I expect to see the Republicans run on in 2010.

  1. Repeal and Replace the Healthcare bill
  2. The economy
  3. The deficit
  4. The culture of Democrat corruption

These are all winners for them.

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