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The Left’s dark money managers: Meet Philip Gara LaMarche

by Michelle Malkin on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

This is article 450 of 450 in the topic Government Corruption

Screen Shot 2014-07-23 at 1.56.11 AMThe Left’s dark money managers: Meet Philip Gara LaMarche
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2014

Philip Gara LaMarche is a secretive political operative who funnels billions of dollars from undisclosed donors to nonprofits and astroturf groups. But you won’t hear unhinged Harry Reid railing Queegishly about him on the Senate floor. Why?

Here’s why: LaMarche is a militant leftist philanthropist. He’s a protected elite — Columbia University grad, former ACLU leader and Human Rights Watch official — with ready access to the White House. He and the left’s other dark money managers preach transparency and openness, while plotting behind closed doors to secure power at every level of government.

LaMarche currently heads the shadowy Democracy Alliance (DA). In internal documents obtained and published this month by John Hinderaker of the Power Line blog, the group currently describes itself as the “center of gravity” for the progressive funding world. DA enrolls wealthy liberal “members” who coordinate and finance a web of at least 132 left-wing groups. Though some of their members’ and partners’ identities have been exposed, DA takes great care to promise a cloak of donor secrecy “to provide a comfortable environment for our partners to collectively make a real impact.”

While they bash Wall Street publicly, DA leaders have quietly recruited venture capitalists, bankers and hedge fund moguls — along with union bosses and red-diaper trust fund babies — to fund their takeover goals. Public school educators who belong to the American Federation of Teachers, headed by $500,000-plus yearly salaried President Randi Weingarten, should know that $230,000 of their hard-earned union dues go to DA, as Lachlan Markay of the Washington Free Beacon has reported.

While they bemoan “income inequality,” DA brass have wined, dined and wooed 1-percenter plutocrats with swanky get-togethers featuring New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Kentucky Secretary of State and Democratic Senate candidate Alison Grimes, and popular “comediennes” Stephanie Miller and Lizz Winstead.

“Over the past nine years,” the organization brags to potential contributors, DA has “aligned leaders in the progressive movement and political infrastructure” to “achieve victories at the ballot box and in policy fights.” Their agenda spans “social justice,” “climate change,” “voting rights,” gun control, illegal alien amnesty, campaign finance and sustained “strategic investment” to turn red states blue. That’s exactly what DA members Jared Polis and Tim Gill succeeded in doing in once-GOP-dominated Colorado in 2008.

LaMarche previously served as president and CEO of The Atlantic Philanthropies. As I first reported five years ago, that entity was a Bermuda-based political front stocked with acolytes of progressive billionaire George Soros. The “charity” run by LaMarche dumped some $40 million to help fund the astroturf Health Care for America Now group. As the tax disclaimer for HCAN discloses, “HCAN is related to Health Care for America Education Fund, a project of The Tides Center, a section 501(c)(3) public charity.” The Tides Center and its parent organization, the Tides Foundation, in turn have seeded some of the country’s most radical activist groups of the left, including the communist-friendly United for Peace and Justice, the jihadist-friendly National Lawyers Guild and the grievance-mongering Council on American-Islamic Relations.

The faux populist HCAN, coordinated from 1825 K Street, provided invaluable ground and air support to reinforce Democratic messaging on Obamacare.

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Obama Encounters an Apex of Anger

by Alan Caruba on Sunday, July 20th, 2014

This is article 994 of 995 in the topic Obama

By Alan Caruba

Barack Obama has managed to do something one would hardly imagine a President could achieve by the midpoint of his second term. He has managed to anger most segments of the American populace, including those to the far Left who constitute a significant part of his base.  It has taken time for most people to reach this point.

Americans are amazingly patient with their presidents, but Obama has pushed them beyond scandal fatigue. The “final straw” appears to be the illegal alien invasion masterminded by Obama.

What they are seeing and hearing is not what they were sold; a charming man of allegedly extraordinary intelligence. Friday’s press conference regarding the shoot down of the Malaysian commercial aircraft showed us a man utterly lacking any moral outrage and, as always, “leading from behind” by insisting this was Europe’s problem, not one that would be addressed by an America doing anything more than applying a few economic sanctions.

He looked and sounded bored, annoyed that he had to utter a bunch of empty platitudes about Russia; the same Russia with which he and then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had declared a “reset” from previous administrations’ relations. Putin took his measure and saw weakness.

Obama’s response to the Middle East was to pull out all our troops from Iraq and a muddled series of actions in Afghanistan topped by the announcement of when troops there would leave, always a very bad idea when the enemy is still in the field. The “Arab Spring” became another Obama nightmare of bad decisions.

Lies, Lies, and More Lies

It took years, but it eventually became clear to most paying any attention that Obama has told so many lies that whatever he says now is deemed worthless. Then, too, his administration is now subject to congressional investigations that include the Internal Revenue Service and the Veterans Administration.

The Attorney General was slapped with contempt of Congress. A key figure in the IRS scandal, Lois Lerner, has pled the Fifth.

The House of Representatives is getting ready to sue Obama for failing to obey the Constitution’s separation of powers. The President’s efforts to ignore the Constitution have been met with an extraordinary number of Supreme Court rebuffs, many of which were unanimous.

How bad is Obama’s situation at present? One indication is the way the news media has been slowly, but steadily falling out of love with him. As Paul Bedard noted recently in the Washington Examiner, “In unprecedented criticism of the White House 38 journalism groups have assailed the president’s team for censoring media coverage, limiting access to top officials, and overall ‘politically-driven suppression of the news.”

David Cuiller, president of the Society of Professional Journalists, said, “It is up to journalists—and citizens—to push back against this force.

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Happy Days Are Here Again

by Dr. Robert Owens on Friday, July 18th, 2014

So long sad times
Go long bad times
We are rid of you at last

Howdy gay times
Cloudy gray times
You are now a thing of the past

Happy days are here again
The skies above are clear again
So let’s sing a song of cheer again
Happy days are here again

Can you believe it the Bush recession has been over for five years, unemployment is down, the stock market is up, and everything is coming up roses.  There is a flat screen on every wall, a smart phone in every hand, and flying cars just can’t be that far away.  The Bush wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have either been won or soon will be or as the winning slogan said, “GM is alive and Osama is dead.”  The Arab Spring has toppled tyrants and the glory of the administration’s foreign policy savants have ricocheted from the faculty lounge to the UN.  Doesn’t it just feel like another American Century?

The Fed keeps pumping and the Big Board keeps jumping.  The NSA watches us all without a warrant, and the man who tells us about it is a traitor. Congress has to sue the President in an attempt to get him to enforce laws unless of course he wants to change a law unilaterally.  The Court strikes down unconstitutional move after unconstitutional move by the adjunct instructor in the Oval Office.  The IRS is used to suppress the votes of Conservatives, its leaders either lying to Congress or pleading the Fifth while the Attorney General refuses to appoint a special prosecutor just as he refused in Fast and Furious and Benghazi.  Of course if you want to require a photo id to vote you’re a racist attempting to suppress the vote while you need a photo ID to get into the DNC. There’s nothing to see here move so along.

Common Core is poised to take our educational system to higher heights.   After more than 100 years of Progressive Education and generations of Federal intrusions into local school boards America now successfully spends more per capita on education than any other country.  The self-esteem of our students ranks as the highest in the world even as our grades slide.  In other words our students are doing poorly, but they think they are doing well.  It reminds me of a foreman in a factory who was in one of my management classes.  He shared an incident in his shop.  A young man was hired as a material handler who wore his pants down around his knees.  He constantly had to use one hand to hold up his pants while using the free hand to handle material.  When the foreman asked him, “Don’t you think you could get more done if you used both hands?”  The young man answered, “No I’m doing all right.”  The job may not get done but at least he feels good about what he’s doing.  Is this is the American Way in the New Normal?

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Hey, Snotty Bloomberg: Mind your own crumbling city!

by Michelle Malkin on Monday, July 14th, 2014

This is article 193 of 194 in the topic Liberalism

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Hey, Snotty Bloomberg: Mind your own crumbling city!
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2014

Some sore losers just don’t know when to pick up their billion-dollar marbles and go away. Far, far away.

I’m looking at you, Michael Bloomberg.

The former New York City mayor mouthed off about my adopted hometown of Colorado Springs and my friends in nearby Pueblo in Rolling Stone magazine this month. He snidely bashed our neighborhoods as backwater holes “where I don’t think there’s roads. It’s as far rural as you can get.”

Snotty Bloomberg is as clueless about geography as he is about the Second Amendment. Colorado Springs and Pueblo are the second and seventh largest cities in the state, respectively. If we’re hee-haw, everyone’s hee-haw. (And what’s wrong with hee-haw, anyway?)

Why such vitriol and hatred for the Rockies from the man who pompously co-founded the “No Labels” movement for “civility” in politics?

Simple: Bloomberg’s still smarting from the ground-breaking losses he and his gun-grabbing East Coast elite pals suffered last fall.

Grass-roots activists — independents, former Democrats, constitutional conservatives and Republicans — successfully recalled two top gun control zealots in our state legislature.

The recall organizers were outspent by a whopping 7-to-1 margin. Bloomberg poured $350,000 into the failed effort to stave off the historic recalls.

Listen up, Bloomie: Butt out of our state and mind your own crumbling city before you bash anyone else’s infrastructure.

You were mayor of New York City for 12 years. How are your roads, bridges and utilities doing, pal?

According to the Center for an Urban Future’s Adam Forman, “1,000 miles of water mains, 170 school buildings and 165 bridges were constructed over a century ago. The city’s public hospital buildings are 57 years old, on average, and 531 public housing towers were built prior to 1950.” The center’s report documented 403 water main breaks last year. And in 2012, “162 bridges across the city—or 11 percent of the total—were structurally deficient,” and 47 of these were deemed “fracture critical.”

Take a Big Gulp of these additional fun facts:

“Thirty seven percent of all subway signals exceed their 50-year useful life, slowing the movement of trains.”

“Approximately 4,000 miles of sewer pipe across the city are made of vitreous clay, a material susceptible to cracking and blockage.”

Meanwhile, 1,500 of the 2,600 public housing buildings do not comply with local standards for exterior and facade conditions.

In Manhattan and Staten Island, less than 60 percent of roads were rated “good” by residents. A “staggering 65.9 percent of streets in West Harlem/Morningside Heights” were in “fair to poor condition.”

Highway maintenance has deteriorated over Bloomberg’s tenure. In 2012, 51 percent of highways were rated poor to fair, compared to 38 percent in 2008. “Conditions have declined in every borough except Brooklyn.”

Oh, and dare I mention to you and your city slicker clique that embarrassing time you had a few Christmas seasons ago dealing with a few feet of snow. Hundreds of ambulances were left stranded. Mass transit was paralyzed. Businesses suffered. Your bungling and AWOL jet setting (Bloomberg was flying to Bermuda while New Yorkers braced for the storm) cost taxpayers the entire $40 million snow removal budget and $30 million in city overtime.

But we’re the bumbling yokels?

Go home, Nanny Bloomberg.

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Developing a perspective …

by Stephen Levine on Monday, July 14th, 2014

This is article 449 of 450 in the topic Government Corruption

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Let us consider three world events by developing a perspective framework based on reality …

  • Let us assume that the world is a noisy place, filled with competing interests, all vying for your attention, support, and money.
  • Let us also assume that one must produce bizarre, shocking, or media-worthy events to rise above the daily noise.
  • Let us assume that repetition leads to belief, regardless of the actual facts.
  • Let us assume that the majority of people who are exposed to a message will not take the time and effort necessary to verify for themselves the veracity of the proposed proposition.
  • And, let us assume that most people will accept those propositions that convey some advantage and reject those propositions that appear to have adverse effects.

If there is anyone who can disagree with the above assumptions, let them put forward their arguments for discussion.

Scenario One: Global Warming …

There are those who want to gain or maintain political dominance, but their proposition involves increasing totalitarian measures, the reduction of individual liberties, and must be financed using the proceeds from the public treasury.

What better way to achieve these political objectives than to use “science” and scientists – generally held in higher esteem than corrupt and self-serving politicians and bureaucrats – as a method to validate your political agenda and make it palatable to the public?

Pumping billions of dollars into the scientific infrastructure and making research than tends to support the political agenda the major game in town. Thus biasing the research to one side, while simultaneously depriving the contrarian viewpoint of funding. Add in activism and peer-shunning and you have a perfect storm of deception.

In order to maintain social entitlements and programs plus their wealth redistribution schemes, taxes must be raised across the board, and disproportionately among productive individuals and corporations. With the side-effect of forcing people to keep their wealth and earnings abroad regardless of the increasing tracking and sanctions on foreign transactions.

Government Data Show U.S. in Decade-Long Cooling

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s most accurate, up-to-date temperature data confirm the United States has been cooling for at least the past decade. The NOAA temperature data are driving a stake through the heart of alarmists claiming accelerating global warming.

Responding to widespread criticism that its temperature station readings were corrupted by poor siting issues and suspect adjustments, NOAA established a network of 114 pristinely sited temperature stations spread out fairly uniformly throughout the United States. Because the network, known as the U.S. Climate Reference Network (USCRN), is so uniformly and pristinely situated, the temperature data require no adjustments to provide an accurate nationwide temperature record. USCRN began compiling temperature data in January 2005. Now, nearly a decade later, NOAA has finally made the USCRN temperature readings available.

According to the USCRN temperature readings, U.S. temperatures are not rising at all – at least not since the network became operational 10 years ago. Instead, the United States has cooled by approximately 0.4 degrees Celsius, which is more than half of the claimed global warming of the twentieth century.

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And then there are those who subvert science to advance their own agenda … 

Due to the Climate-gate e-mails, we see that peer-reviewed science is not immune from manipulation.

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Unleashed upon America: Obama unchained!

by Lloyd Marcus on Monday, July 7th, 2014

This is article 986 of 995 in the topic Obama

My fellow Americans, we are all bit players in the making of a metaphoric slasher movie, “Obama Unchained” starring Barack Hussein Obama.

Here is a summary of the movie. It is a heartwarming tale about how the mainstream media and Democratic Party suckered America into electing their extreme far-left dream president; a Trojan Horse in the form of a black man. http://bit.ly/1vBcYRR

Once in the Oval Office, Obama began incrementally implementing his socialist/progressive agenda and iron-fist pressure on Americans to conform. Everyone, including a 175 year old order of elderly Catholic nuns were forced to comply to Obama’s decreed anti-biblical new moral standards or face termination. http://bit.ly/VhFM6N Only donors, labor unions and favored friends of his royal Obamaness totaling over 2000 are unlawfully granted exemptions from his tyrannical overreaches hidden in Obamacare. http://bit.ly/VHNl7v

Unchained from pretending to be a moderate to get reelected, Obama is releasing his judgment and rage upon America; wielding his executive pen sword, causing a bloody massacre of our economy, national security, world standing, freedoms, liberty and culture.

Now totally unrestrained, with lawless abandonment, Obama dishes out what he believes is well-deserved revenge on America for her crimes against the rest of the world. Obama is delivering the retribution spoken of by his former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright who said, “America’s chickens have come home to roost.” http://bit.ly/VhUWcg

Pundits say Obama is merely incompetent. They site highly unfavorable approval polling to conclude that Obama’s presidency is in deep trouble. http://bit.ly/1jJ7oY5 Political analysts believe dismal poll numbers will force Obama to back away from his intensely focused savage attack on America as founded; his vowed fundamental transformation of America. These sycophant, apologist or naive talking heads are missing the point. Obama does not give a rat’s you know what about polling. Nor does he fear lawsuits, Congress, impeachment or anything else.

Remember Michael Jackson’s famous line, “I’m not like other guys”? Obama believes he is not like other presidents. I am Barack Obama, the first black president. I can do whatever I please and no one is going to stop me. Period!

“Obama Unchained,” the movie, is directed by Unknown Socialists/Progressives.

Obama’s supporting cast includes Eric (cited in criminal and civil contempt of Congress) Holder as the corrupt partisan head of the DOJ. http://bit.ly/1mWJmxG Lois (Wicked Witch of America) Lerner as the corrupt, vindictive and evil IRS enforcer. http://bit.ly/Vit7jY Kathleen (Yes, you will fund abortions against your faith) Sebelius as the totally incompetent head of the botched Obamacare roll-out. http://bit.ly/1pZuo9a Jay (please don’t make me go out there and lie again with a straight face) Carney as Obama’s Press Secretary. This just in, Carney has been replaced by understudy liar, Josh Ernest.

If the metaphoric Socialists/Progressive’s movie were to snag a Best Song nomination, their song would be titled, “I Believe I Can Lie” performed by Barack Obama. A real trailblazer, Obama is the first U.S. President awarded, “Liar of the Year.” http://bit.ly/1bIzuBy

In my metaphoric scenario, the buzz in DC would declare “Obama Unchained” a shoe in for Best Picture. However, the sentimental payback favorite for Best Picture would be “Sixty-Six Years A Liberal” starring Hilary (don’t asked me about Benghazi) Clinton.

Folks, while I have taken a humorous approach to describing Obama’s Revenge War on America, the situation is extremely serious. The solution is quite simple.

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THE COST OF CONGRESSIONAL CORRUPTION IN THE ERA OF OBAMA AND HIS CADRE OF PROGRESSIVE SOCIALIST DEMOCRATS

by Stephen Levine on Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

This is article 448 of 450 in the topic Government Corruption

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Today’s legislation is dense and defective by design …

Consider the current status of our nation, where legislation may be labeled honestly or, most often, dishonestly with a misleading title that reduces to a cute acronym. Legislation written in a hyper-technical language that consists mainly of removing or replacing words, clauses, paragraphs, sections and subsections of other existing legislation. Incomprehensible to the average citizen, and even to the legislators who are given scant time to read, digest, and understand the legislation before voting on something that will affect the entire nation. In many cases, loopholes for special interests are knowingly included in the bill and are simply waiting to be exploited by both individuals or industry groups that have paid handsomely for these corrupt clauses.

In many cases, the majority of legislators may not even know that the legislation is defective by design …

I would be reluctant to say that the majority of legislators in Congress are stupid or incapable of reading and understanding the legislation upon which they vote, but that appears to be precisely the case. In many cases, there just isn’t time enough to read, understand, and react to legislation that is being pushed by the political leadership. In many cases, the rank-and-file legislator is not even privy to deals being struck by bi-partisan leaders unless they have the proverbial dog in the hunt.

Illustrated by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi comments on a 2000+ page bill, “But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.” Of course, Pelosi was referring to one of the most dishonest bills ever written, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; which neither protected patients nor provided affordable care. A bill crafted in secret, in the backrooms of the progressive socialist democrats, with only progressive organizations and industry lobbyists present; no republicans were allowed input, directly or in the form of Amendments. A bill so odious that no republican voted for the measure, bribes to remaining legislators had to be proffered by the party’s leadership, and the legislation was passed using a twisted Senate rule that still could be constitutionally challenged.

The voter’s problem, of course, is to identify the relatively honest legislator who acts on behalf of their understanding of the constitution, their constituents, and their conscience. Not an easy task as legislators may knuckle-under to their leadership simply to get office space, staff, and committee assignments.

The very presence of corrupt and dishonest legislators in Congress who are willing to sell out the nation, their constituents, and their very soul in return for special interest campaign contributions and voter support tends to drive more honest legislators out of the Congress, unable to raise funding in this “go along to get along” atmosphere of horse-trading votes in the best “I scratch your back, you scratch mine” practice.

Beyond corrupt politicians, corrupt political parties and the corruption of the entire system …

The real cost of this political corruption goes far beyond the amount to which the taxpayers are cheated, but must include the loss of citizen trust when honest legislators are driven from the political system.

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Exclusive: Inside the VA’s spin-and-stonewall machine

by Michelle Malkin on Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

This is article 300 of 302 in the topic US Military

Screen Shot 2014-07-02 at 9.03.16 AMExclusive: Inside the VA’s spin-and-stonewall machine
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2014

The Public and Intergovernmental Affairs Office of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is very concerned.

No, the communications specialists in the agency are not concerned with veterans in need. They’re not concerned with citizens and public officials requesting public information. They’re not concerned with journalists seeking the truth.

What these entrenched government employees care most about, above all else, is the business of spin and stonewalling.

The VA mouthpieces are preoccupied with covering their ample bureaucratic backsides, withholding data, monitoring critics, fending off watchdogs and running constant interference for their corrupt, negligent agency.

In a string of internal email documents I obtained from last fall, several VA press staffers spent seven months dragging their feet on a Freedom of Information Act request filed in March 2013 by disabled vet and attorney Benjamin Krause. He and other vets wanted to know how exactly the VA’s communications budget was being spent on public relations campaigns, advertisements, online publications and contracts.

VA spokesman Mark Ballesteros warned his colleagues in an October 2013 email that he had read Krause’s veterans advocacy website, DisabledVeterans.org. As I reported last week, Krause’s investigative site exposed and explained the VA’s red-flag system for dissatisfied veterans and also blew the whistle on Federal Protective Service officers harassing sick veterans protesting shoddy care in San Diego.

Ballesteros wrote that Krause’s website “appears to have a distinct anti-VA tone.” He advised the VA’s taxpayer-funded public affairs specialists: “We should proceed cautiously with this one.”

What exactly did that mean? Ultimately, the office supplied data in response to Krause’s request — but not before Ballesteros imposed what appears to be a selective, pre-FOIA release policy based on viewpoint discrimination. “Let’s ensure the material is socialized before we provide it to the organization,” Ballesteros told his colleagues.

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As Krause explained it to me, the VA “is using systems that allow it to track the influence of Congress and negative reporting” across traditional and social media. Color-coded weekly and monthly “media analysis briefs” cheer on the VA’s spin-control penetration on Twitter and Facebook. Bar charts, maps and ratings track congressional critics and activists.

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Last fall, the office kept paranoid tallies of pro and con statements on the ever-growing backlog of VA cases. Last fall’s media analysis reports obsessed over “mitigating” widespread criticism — from social media to “Fox and Friends” to “The Daily Show” — of VA bonuses and shoddy care.

It was in the course of probing those monitoring efforts that Krause discovered that “the VA Public Affairs thinks my website is ‘anti-VA’ instead of ‘pro-Veteran’ and is using viewpoint-centric censoring within its FOIA office,” he told me.

It certainly may not be the first time.

House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Rep. Jeff Miller, whose statements are tracked by the VA propaganda machine, also has run into the stone wall. As of last week, the VA was sitting on nearly 100 separate requests for information from the House panel. Sixty-eight of those requests have been pending for more than 60 days. There are three outstanding requests from 2012.

When I called attention to the internal VA documents involving Krause’s FOIA request, Miller told me in a statement:

“These emails are troubling, but they are not at all surprising.

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IRS scandal: Lawmakers fiercely demand Holder appoint special prosecutor

by Jim Kouri on Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

This is article 300 of 300 in the topic Taxation/IRS

After many months of stonewalled investigations, “missing” subpoenaed emails, partisan bickering and uncooperative witnesses, House of Representatives chairmen from two congressional committees officially demanded on Monday that Attorney General Eric Holder appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the Internal Revenue Service‘s (IRS) targeting of conservative organizations and the subsequent cover-up perpetrated by IRS staff members.

The two chairmen, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., sent a biting letter to Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday demanding that he appoint a Special Counsel to investigate the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) and its rapid descent into a lawless nest of bullies and deceivers.

So far, Holder and his boss President Barack Obama have refused to appoint a Special Counsel, although they did appoint one to probe allegations of discrimination against lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transexual federal workers, according to political strategist Mike Barker.

According to the two GOP congressmen, more than one year has passed since Americans learned from alternative media sources, and not from the Obama/Democratic Party sycophants within the major news outlets, about the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups.

What angers many Americans today is the fact that no one has been Goodlatte and Camp point to several recent developments such as the revelation that a number of emails belonging to Lois Lerner, the former IRS Director of Exempt Organizations, are “missing” and the discovery of an e-mail suggesting the IRS probe Senator Charles Grassley R-Iowa.

“It is clear that appointing an outside Special Counsel to investigate this matter would be in the public interest. The American people are very concerned that their government has targeted individual American citizens for harassment solely on the basis of their political beliefs. They deserve to know who ordered the targeting, when the targeting was ordered, and why,” wrote the two veteran lawmakers in their Holder letter.

Federal law stipulates that the U.S. Attorney General is required to appoint a Special Counsel, a/k/a special prosecutor, when he “determines that the criminal investigation of a person or matter is warranted.”

The letter by Camp and Goodlatte also reminded Holder that:

“[T]he Attorney General is required to appoint a Special Counsel when the investigation or prosecution of that person or matter by a United States Attorney’s Office or litigating Division of the Department of Justice would present a conflict of interest for the Department or other extraordinary circumstances, and when under the circumstances it would be in the public interest to appoint an outside Special Counsel to assume responsibility for the matter.”

On May 7, 2014, the House passed a resolution — H.Res. 565 — calling on Holder to finally appoint a Special Counsel to thoroughly investigate the serious allegations that arguably the nation’s most powerfuland far-reaching federal agency, Internal Revenue Service, intentionally targeted of conservative groups in an attempt to hamper those groups during the Obama reelection campaign.

“While Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., made outrageous and deceitful accusations about Obama’s opponent Mitt Romney not paying taxes for 10 years, the IRS was involved in a covert conspiracy to silence organizations that opposed the Obama presidency. That’s what I can Chicago and Las Vegas politics,” said former organized-crime control detective Donald Malfi.

And Malfi believes the corruption continues with a Chicago-style cover up.

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Our Consensus Rulers

by Daniel Greenfield on Monday, June 30th, 2014

This is article 447 of 450 in the topic Government Corruption

Every society is ruled by a consensus. The consensus rarely comes from the bottom up. Usually it’s imposed from the top down.

The consensus is what the people running things believe. It’s their equivalent of common sense.

The United States is not run by the voters. It’s not run by the people. It’s run by a consensus. That consensus is what the elites think is true. That consensus is not exactly the same among Democrats and Republicans, but it does overlap in significant ways.

The first point of the consensus is that bigger institutions are better because they are smarter. This isn’t limited just to government. It also encompasses the corporate world. And the merger of governments, corporations, academics and non-profits into one large conglomeration of consensus.

The movement of executives from the non-profit, to the political to the corporate spheres, in no particular order, is really how our society is run. Even when each group remains in its own sphere, they make interdependent decisions with companies and government institutions acting as executive leaders and treating non-profits and academics as the expert class.

Pull back and we’re run by a single giant corporation whose leadership is very complicated and competitive, but whose leaders come from a common culture and who call on the consensus for their ideas.

Using elections to shift that consensus is very difficult because at the top the consensus extends across both parties and much of the governing of the consensus is not subject to voter review.

You can elect Congressman Y to represent your interests. But the system isn’t run by Congressman Y. It is highly unlikely that Congressman Y will ever be president. Even if Congressman Y becomes a Senator, he will have to win over donors whose worldview is a product of the consensus. If he manages to make it to the Senate without accepting the consensus, his legislation, should any of it make it past the Consensus Senators, will then be dumped into a pile managed by Consensus regulators and Consensus Federal judges who will reject it if doesn’t meet the Consensus.

That’s the interdependency of the Consensus. It’s a single massive system made up of individuals who are diverse in demographics, but share the viewpoints of the Consensus or shut up about it.

Making the Consensus bigger has made American government and business extremely inefficient. It’s why we can’t seem to get anything done anymore and our only products that matter come from the occasional young visionary who challenges the system with a new company. But it also makes it very hard to beat.

The Consensus is constantly increasing in size. The growth impoverishes America, puts it deeper into debt and makes it less competitive. But it also makes the Consensus unchallengeable. The parasite is killing the host.

The second point though is that the Consensus is a parasite that thinks it is the host and that Americans are the parasite.

Maintaining the Consensus requires unhealthy doses of contempt for the people. The central article of the Consensus is that it can make life better by controlling people. It’s not an idea that can be sustained without believing that most people are basically inferior.

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