POLITICAL CORRUPTION IS THE SINGLE, MOST IMPORTANT 2012 ISSUE
by Lawrence Sellin, ©2011
(Nov. 17, 2011) — Washington, D.C. is hopelessly corrupt. None of the critical problems America is currently facing will be resolved without effectively addressing the blatant dishonesty and frequent criminality of politicians and their wealthy facilitators.
Corruption in Washington, D.C. can assume many forms.
Peter Schweizer’s new book “Throw Them All Out” reveals a pattern of suspicious stock trading by members of Congress from both parties based on their financial disclosure statements and legislative activities.
In our current get-rich Congress, every member of the House and Senate can mix business with governing by trading stocks and making land deals while considering major pieces of legislation.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) – When Visa went public in March 2008, then-Speaker of the House Pelosi and her husband bought some of their shares at the opening IPO price—access that would be virtually impossible for the average individual investor.
Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) – Baucus played a central role in forging the health-care-reform bill. As he was negotiating with pharmaceutical companies and putting his imprint on the legislation, Baucus was also buying and selling health-care stocks.
Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) – John and Teresa Heinz Kerry made numerous trades in health-care stocks, buying almost $750,000 in Teva Pharmaceuticals in November 2009 alone, while Kerry actively pushed Obama-care as a member of the health-care subcommittee.
Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) – Polis sat on two committees central to the crafting and language of Obama’s health-care bill. At the same time, he invested millions of dollars in stocks and funds related to health care and pharmaceuticals.
Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-AL) – After learning in a September 2008 briefing with Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Fed chairman Ben Bernanke that the financial markets were in deep trouble, Bachus began aggressively buying and selling stock options.
Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) – On Dec. 10, 2009, then-House Minority Leader Boehner bought tens of thousands of dollars of health-care stocks, including in health-insurance companies. On Dec. 15, The Washington Post declared that the “public option” for health insurance was dead.
Rep. Shelley Capito (R-WV) – After a briefing with Paulson and Bernanke, Capito sold between $100,000 and $250,000 shares of Citigroup; she and her husband accrued as much as $50,000 in capital gains from Citigroup transactions made throughout the crisis.
Rep. Dennis Hastert (R-IL) – When Hastert was Speaker of the House, he inserted a $207 million earmark into a federal highway bill for a parkway near land he owned in rural Illinois. When he first went to Congress in 1986, Hastert’s net worth was less than $300,000. When he retired in 2007, it was close to $11 million.
Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced that it has obtained three new documents that provide additional information about Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan and the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) while she served as solicitor general. Justice Kagan has said she was not actively involved in the Department of Justice (DOJ) discussions regarding Obamacare. Moreover, the Supreme Court justice did not recuse herself from the High Court decision in April 2011 not to “fast-track” for Supreme Court review Virginia’s lawsuit challenging Obamacare.
“These new emails are bound to raise additional questions about whether Justice Kagan ought to participate in High Court deliberations on Obamacare. Certainly, if these documents were known at the time of her confirmation, there may have been quite a different Senate debate. The Obama Justice Department dumped these documents just before a holiday weekend, hoping they would go unnoticed. This slow-walking of documents out of the Obama Justice Department is scandalous and makes one wonder what other information they are sitting on,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.
Attorney Leo Donofrio has evidence conclusively establishing that, during the run-up to the 2008 election, 25 U.S. Supreme Court opinions referencing Minor v. Happersett (1875), the case which proves that Obama is an illegal President, were sabotaged, then republished at Justia.com, the main resource on the web for all things related to United States Supreme Court holdings. According to that report, Justia.com CEO Tim Stanley was associated with Obama For America 2008.
Intellectual and Character corruption
Barack Hussein Obama would not today be occupying the office of President of the United States if members of Congress had honored their oaths of office, upheld the Constitution and respected the rule of law.
Members of Congress are fully aware that Obama is a Constitutionally illegal President and has committed felonies both before and after occupying the Oval Office.
Because exposure of the Obama fraud and criminal activity would reveal the depth of corruption in the two-party system, a conspiracy of silence is maintained and a deliberate misinformation campaign is conducted by the Republican and Democrat Parties and their facilitators in the mainstream media to mislead the American people.
Addressing the corrupt status quo
Admittedly, I am distrustful of politicians and skeptical regarding the promises they make.
Despite these reservations, Texas Governor Rick Perry is the only Presidential candidate who has thus far addressed the corruption issue as a major part of his campaign platform.
Perry’s proposals include:
Members of Congress are too entrenched in Washington, out-of-touch, and frankly do little to actually benefit the American people while they are in session. Work to establish a part-time, Citizen Congress, cut congressional pay in half and repeal the rules that prevent members of Congress from holding real jobs in their home states and communities.
Criminalize insider trading by members of Congress.
Congressional office budgets have doubled since 2000. Freeze federal civilian hiring and salaries until the budget is balanced.
End lifetime appointments of federal judges by instituting an 18-year term limit.
No more bank bailouts, no earmarks for pet projects and no spending beyond the country’s means.
The Obama Administration is the most corrupt in U.S. history only because our elected officials in Washington, D.C. have aided or abetted it.
“No man who is corrupt, no man who condones corruption in others, can possibly do his duty by the community.” – President Theodore Roosevelt
Lawrence Sellin, Ph.D. is a retired colonel with 29 years of service in the US Army Reserve and a veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq. He receives hate mail at firstname.lastname@example.org