Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Government - One Big Laundromat. U.S.S Obama Gives Shore Leave To A Traitor. Redistricted Pork.

John Fund and his sidekick have been engaged in tracking voter fraud for years so they know a false story when they hear it. They now have challenged Obama and his surrogate mommy, Valerie Jarrett, who claim this administration has been without  scandal. (See 1 below.)
Obama and his record on race relations. (See 2 below.)
Today, after making so much of leaks during the campaign, Obama commuted the sentence of a person who did irreparable harm to our nation, caused the death of many who worked with our intelligence agents and whose perfidious .treasonous acts were reported by Wikileaks.

Just one more knife into the heart of America's intelligence community and not by Trump.  This was by Obama.
I caught a little of Ms. DeVos' testimony and, as I was listening, this thought occurred to me. Most of the government agencies and departments are actually Federal Laundromats which take in huge amounts from the tax payers, Then they hire vast staffs which, in turn, launder these funds, returning what is left  after paying large bureaucrat salaries.

They also locate these staffs in 'uge' granite tombs, whose construction and cost over runs mount into the billions and all other ancillary costs.  If that is not egregious enough these agencies pass rules and regulations and throw other impediments into the mix making it impossible to accomplish anything worthy of their existence and questionable efforts.

If Trump really wants to drain the swamp he should begin by closing most of these agencies and departments, de-fund The U.N. and Palestinians and use the money for needs that are legitimate and pressing starting with rebuilding our military, making borders less penetrable etc.

But then what do I know I am just a suckered tax payer.
The number of  Democrat hypocrites, mostly from safe districts, not attending the Inauguration is now up to 50.

No doubt they will be sorely missed and I suspect allocations to their districts will not be flowing their way either. The pork will go to other pens.
1) Obama’s ‘Scandal-Free Administration’ Is a Myth

Even a prominent Trump adviser accepts the false premise that there

has been no ‘ethical shadiness.’

You often hear that the Obama administration, whatever its other failings, has been 
“scandal-free.” Valerie Jarrett, the president’s closest adviser, has said he “prides himself
 on the fact that his administration hasn’t had a scandal and he hasn’t done something to 
embarrass himself.”
Even Trump adviser Peter Thiel seems to agree. When the New York Times’s Maureen Dowd observed during an interview that Mr. Obama’s administration was “without any
 ethical shadiness,” Mr. Thiel accepted the premise, saying: “But there’s a point where 
no corruption can be a bad thing. It can mean that things are too boring.”
In reality, Mr. Obama has presided over some of the worst scandals of any president in 
recent decades. Here’s a partial list:
• State Department email. In an effort to evade federal open-records laws, Mr. Obama’s 
first secretary of state set up a private server, which she used exclusively to conduct 
official business, including communications with the president and the transmission of 
classified material. A federal criminal investigation produced no charges, but FBI 
Director James Comey reported that the secretary and her colleagues “were extremely 
careless” in handling national secrets.
• Operation Fast and Furious. The Obama Justice Department lost track of thousands of 
guns it had allowed to pass into the hands of suspected smugglers, in the hope of tracing 
them to Mexican drug cartels. One of the guns was used in the fatal 2010 shooting of 
Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. Congress held then-Attorney General Eric Holder in 
contempt when he refused to turn over documents about the operation.
• IRS abuses. Mr. Obama’s Internal Revenue Service did something Richard Nixon only 
dreamed of doing: It successfully targeted political opponents. The Justice Department
then refused to enforce Congress’s contempt citation against the IRS’s Lois Lerner, who
 refused to answer questions about her agency’s misconduct.
• Benghazi. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others were killed in the attack on a U.S
diplomatic compound in Libya. With less than two months to go before the 2012 election
the State Department falsely claimed the attack was not a terrorist attack but a reaction to
an anti-Muslim film. Emails from the secretary later showed that she knew the attack was
terrorism. Justice Department prosecutors even convinced a magistrate judge to jail the 
• Hacking. Mr. Obama presided over the biggest data breach in the federal government’s
 history, at the Office of Personnel Management. The hack exposed the personnel files of 
millions of federal employees and may end up being used for everything from identity the
ft to blackmail and espionage. OPM Director Katherine Archuleta, the president’s former 
political director, had been warned repeatedly about security deficiencies but took no 
steps to fix them.
• Veterans Affairs. At least 40 U.S. veterans died waiting for appointments at a Phoenix 
VA facility, many of whom had been on a secret waiting list—part of an effort to conceal 
that between 1,400 and 1,600 veterans were forced to wait months for appointments. A 
2014 internal VA audit found “57,436 newly enrolled veterans facing a minimum 90-day 
wait for medical care; 63,869 veterans who enrolled over the past decade requesting an appointment that never happened.” Even Mr. Obama admitted, in a November 2016 press
conference, that “it was scandalous what happened”—though minutes earlier he boasted 
that “we will—knock on wood—leave this administration without significant scandal.”
All of these scandals were accompanied by a lack of transparency so severe that 47 of 
Mr. Obama’s 73 inspectors general signed an open letter in 2014 decrying the 
administration’s stonewalling of their investigations.
One reason for Mr. Obama’s penchant for secrecy is his habit of breaking rules—from 
not informing Congress of the dubious prisoner swap involving Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and 
the Taliban, to violating restrictions on cash transfers to Iran as part of a hostage-release 
The president’s journalistic allies are happily echoing the “scandal-free” myth. Time’s Joe
Klein claims Mr. Obama has had “absolutely no hint of scandal” in his presidency. The
media’s failure to cover the Obama administration critically has been a scandal in itself
—but at least the president can’t be blamed for that one.
Mr. Fund is a columnist for National Review. Mr. von Spakovsky is a senior legal fellow
at the Heritage Foundation. They are co-authors of “Obama’s Enforcer: Eric Holder’s 
Justice Department” (Broadside, 2014).
2) Barack Obama’s Deplorable Race Relations Legacy

A recent phenomenon in American politics amid the conclaves of the media and academic elites is 
the stultifying debate over an outgoing president’s so-called “Legacy.”  The nation now finds itself
embroiled in this conversation as none other than Barack Obama, by his innumerable self-serving 
speeches, countless appearances on a multitude of media platforms and myriad gatherings with 
fawning supporters, has attempted to establish a positive spin on his legacy.  He has far exceeded 
anything the previous occupants of the Oval Office have done to reinforce their image as they leave 
the White House behind.  That he feels compelled to do so is indicative of the fact that Obama knows
 his presidency will go down in history as a monumental failure.
There is little doubt, except to his die-hard supporters (which includes a vast majority of the 
mainstream media), that his failures are legion.  Perhaps the most telling and egregious of which is
 the current state of race relations in the United States.  As President and a man of African descent, 
Barack Obama was in a position to permanently mend fences and end the racial politics bubbling 
beneath the surface over the past few decades.  However true to his quasi-Marxist upbringing as well 
as being steeped in racial identity politics, he chose to exploit and exacerbate racial tensions for 
political objectives.  The end-product of this nihilistic approach is revealed in a poll taken by 
Washington Post/ABC News in July of 2016 wherein 64% of Americans believe race relations are 
generally bad as compared to 66% who thought race relations were generally good in April of 2009.

Barack Obama, and virtually all of his fellow travelers, both white and black, on the Left (i.e. the 
Democratic Party), view the African-American population as both useful pawns in their quest for 
power and as helpless mascots to be pitied, paraded about and bought off whenever useful to either 
the overriding political or societal cause.

In August of 1963, as a college student in Washington D.C., I participated in the March on 
Washington for Jobs and Freedom the highlight of which was the “I Have a Dream” speech by 
Martin Luther King.  Thereafter and for a couple of years I became involved in the civil rights 
movement working to assure freedom and voting rights in several southern states.

During this period of time I noticed that the vast majority of the white volunteers (and some 
northern African-Americans) fell into three categories insofar as their motivation to participate in the
movement.  The first, and most active, were the hard-core leftists who viewed the black proletariat 
as potential foot soldiers and a gullible constituency to be recruited to aid in overturning the 
government and establishing a socialist Nirvana.  The second, and most common, were those who 
viewed the African-Americans as a population to be pitied, patted on the head and made dependent 
mascots so these pompous narcissists could wallow in their self-righteousness.  The third, and by far
the smallest category of activists, were there out of respect for the humanity of their fellow citizens
by attempting to right the civil and political wrongs perpetrated against them.

My involvement in the movement ended when it became clear that the cause had been hijacked by 
the radical Left, greatly aided and abetted by patronizing liberals and their supercilious mindset.  
Thus, the rise of militant groups such as the Black Panthers, the Nation of Islam and the Black 
Nationalist Movement, whose primary motivations were the overthrow of the government under the 
tattered banner of civil rights.  Meanwhile, the condescending attitude of much of the ruling class 
resulted in the creation of countless failed welfare and social programs which destroyed the pride and
coherence within what was once a group of people proud and noble despite the obstacles placed 
before them for so much of the nation’s past.  Thus, rendering nearly an entire race to become 
dependent on whomever was in power in Washington D.C. 

The confluence of the tactics and motivations of these two factions has created a near irreconcilable 
racial quagmire easily manipulated by the unscrupulous for their political or societal ends, whether 
through intimidation, overt threats or the exploitation of outright falsehoods.  As Barack Obama, the 
Black Lives Matters movement, the Congressional Black Caucus, innumerable social justice groups 
on college campuses, and many in the entertainment and media complex have done over the past 
eight years.  These people are among the most despicable in our nation today.

That the President of the United States would deliberately and with malice be party to this 
exploitation and extortion is beyond the pale and will forever be a stain on what tattered shreds of 
his legacy remains. 

In 1964, while on a voter registration drive near a small town in southern Maryland, I walked up to 
a small ramshackle house with peeling paint and windows with shattered panes covered in plastic.  
On the porch quietly rocking in her chair was the bent figure of an elderly black woman.  I went up
to her.  She turned and looked at me as our eyes met.  I could see in those dark sad eyes the years of 
pain and suffering she had endured.  After a stare that penetrated to my very core, she insisted I stay 
saying: “Your eyes tell me you’re one of us.”

Her name was Acadie and she was originally from Louisiana.  She told me she was 92 years old, the 
daughter of ex-slaves, born in 1872.  We talked of her youth and hardscrabble existence in the fields;
of the terror wrought by the Ku Klux Klan seeking revenge against blacks for the difficult life for 
all in Louisiana after the Civil War; of lynching and church burnings and near starvation as crops 
failed for lack of rain or floods; of her and her family packing up their few belongings and with a 
mule and a cart setting off for Chicago only to find more subtle but still virulent discrimination; and 
of losing her husband killed in a railroad accident when she was 35 leaving her with 4 children to 
raise and whom she eventually outlived.

We sat and talked about our life experiences for over two hours, the daughter of slaves and a 
displaced war orphan from across the ocean, bound together not only by our past life experiences but
our optimism about the future.  When the time came to leave she gently took my hand and held it in
her gnarled fingers long ago deformed by the ravages of arthritis and said: “The times are a’changin,
I hope my people will listen to God’s word to forgive and lead a good and honest life.  May God, 
bless you always.”  I have little doubt what Acadia would say to Barack Obama if she were alive 

The time has come for the African-American community to shed the scales from their eyes, to see 
clearly that despite his skin color and all the hope invested in him that Obama cared not for them but 
what they could do for him in his insatiable quest for political power.  That far too many others both 
black and white proclaiming their sympathies and solidarity are motivated by self-serving interests.  
That African-Americans must stand up and cease being the pawns and mascots for others while 
succumbing to the siren call of de facto bribes to act as such.  That intolerance and discrimination 
based on race, religion, economic status and birth exists in the hearts of human beings of all races 
and using that as a justification for anger or animosity is self-defeating. 

The time has also come for rest of the nation to stop being cowed by the likes of Obama, the race 
hustlers and social justice warriors out to foment discontent and upheaval.  That they need to 
ostracize and publicly denigrate those who would use their fellow citizens as hostages in their cynical
games.  And, that the white population must join with African-Americans of good will to stamp out 
the last remaining vestiges of institutionalized racism and discrimination.

If these steps are not undertaken, then Barack Obama will have a “Legacy” as the President who 
irreversibly embedded racial tension and animosity in American society.

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