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Congressional Insanity 90% Tax on Bonuses

March 19, 2009

The Associated Press said that the 90% tax passed the House….

The bill will take 90% of any bonus money paid to employees of companies, like AIG, who have accepted bailout money….

The vote was 328-93.

Said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: “We want our money back and we want our money back now for the taxpayers.”

Republicans called it a legally questionable ploy to paper over Obama administration missteps.

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Punishment by tax is unconstitutional becaue that is the kind of trickery pulled to punish our Founders the colonists: by the King of England.

There could be a legal challenge to this bill: telling us again that rushed legislation is often bad legislation….Like the stimulus….

So are the Democrats sure they want to vote on a 90% tax for AIG and others like them?

Guess who loves this good thinking?  Nancy Pelosi and Charlie Rangel.

These guys are eating my lunch….

Second idea; the Democrats want to rush this to a vote in the House: the same kind of brainless conduct that brought us the stimulus and the AIG bonuses in the first place.

“Give me a f *&$%# ing break.”

Related:
Pelosi, Rangel rushing to tax AIG and other bonuses 90%; This caused a revolution once…

Associated Press says the House passed the 90% Tax:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090
319/ap_on_go_co/aig_outrage

Related:
Economic Recovery? “These guys are eating my lunch”

Lawmaking by Stampede Made the Stimulus, Now We’ll Tax ‘Bonuses’ the Simulus Allowed?
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Obama On Geithner Sounds Like “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job”
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Pelosi, Rangel rushing to tax AIG and other bonuses 90%; This caused a revolution once…

AIG Bonus Snafu: Boomeranging Into the Faces of Democrats?

“Dodd The Dodge” — Senator Weasels Away The Truth; And Not Artfully

Obama the centrist, pragmatic problem-solver is gone: now liberal spendathon, no accountability
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News at eleven followed by Jay Leno and Barack on the National Barack Channel….

Obama, Pelosi: Anything to Win

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Pelosi, Rangel rushing to tax AIG and other bonuses 90%; This caused a revolution once…

March 19, 2009

Punishment by tax is unconstitutional becaue that is the kind of trickery pulled to punish our Founders the colonists: by the King of England.

So are the Democrats sure they want to vote on a 90% tax for AIG and others like them?

Guess who loves this good thinking?  Nancy Pelosi and Charlie Rangel.

These guys are eating my lunch….

Second idea; the Democrats want to rush this to a vote in the House: the same kind of brainless conduct that brought us the stimulus and the AIG bonuses in the first place.

“Give me a f *&$%# ing break.”

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By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press

Democrats are rushing through a legally questionable tax on employee bonuses from bailed-out firms to paper over the failure of the Obama administration and key lawmakers to stop those payouts, Republicans charged Thursday.

“The Democratic bill brought to the floor today is constitutionally questionable,” said Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind. “It’s obviously a transparent attempt to divert attention away from the truth that Democrats in Congress and this administration made these bonus payments possible.”

Democrats rushed a bill to the House floor on Thursday to levy a 90 percent tax on bonuses paid to employees with family incomes above $250,000 at companies that have received at least $5 billion in government bailout money. A vote was expected later Thursday.

“We figured that the local and state governments would take care of the other 10 percent,” said Rep. Charles Rangel of New York, chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee.

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20
090319/ap_on_go_co/aig_outrage

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 Economic Recovery? “These guys are eating my lunch”

Related:
Lawmaking by Stampede Made the Stimulus, Now We’ll Tax ‘Bonuses’ the Simulus Allowed?
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Obama On Geithner Sounds Like “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job”

 AIG Bonus Snafu: Boomeranging Into the Faces of Democrats?

“Dodd The Dodge” — Senator Weasels Away The Truth; And Not Artfully

Obama the centrist, pragmatic problem-solver is gone: now liberal spendathon, no accountability
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News at eleven followed by Jay Leno and Barack on the National Barack Channel….

Obama, Pelosi: Anything to Win

Obama, Congress, Treasury, Fed: Shameful Mismanagement of Your Money, Recovery

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Fed to pump another $1 trillion into U.S. economy “from thin air”

Economic Recovery? “These guys are eating my lunch”

March 19, 2009

Obama, Geithner, Bernanke, Pelosi, Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Harry Reid and every “lawmaker” : “These guys are eating my lunch.”

That’s from my friend who lost his job, will lose his home to foreclosure and has gained only a credit score that would bring Tiger Woods to tears.

He used “eating my lunch” instead of “breaking my heart” because he’s purchased a gun and a broken heart was getting him nowhere.

He’s getting kind of heartless.

“Eating someone else’s lunch is un-American, as Nancy Pelosi must know,” he told me. 

He has a lot of time to watch TV now that he lost his income and his job.

For those in the immigrant community that only habla Espanol, when the law is enforced at your door, that is the law, which most people, except for Nancy Pelosi, do not consider as un-American.  When someone eats your lunch, which is an idiom, it means to take advantage of you, as in “clean your clock,” cross the border illegally and stuff like that.

The President is eating my lunch beause he refuses to fire Tim Geithner — but now maybe he will rethink that after finding out that Turbo Tax Tim had many of the bailout recipients sign a form indicating, maybe even swearing, that they did not owe the federal government any back taxes — but Tim never asked the IRS to check.

Those that got billions in bailout money ate Turbo Tax Tim’s lunch and the lunch and tax money of every taxpayer.

But the president insists: “Nobody is working harder than this guy.”

My friend is working hard trying to get a real job: not a cushy do anything and get paid job.  Not a job with no accountability like Geithner’s job.  Not a job where you can lie like Dodd’s job.  Not a job where you can write a book and make $5 million, or get on Jay Leno, or fly in style like Obama’s job.

Bernanke is eating my lunch because his Fed action already caused the price of oil to go up and the value of the dollar to go down.

Every American lawmaker in Washington DC who did not vote against the stimulus ate my lunch because nobody read the stimulus and that is the law that allowed AIG to pay bonuses — while it gave away billions of dollars.

That’s not lunch money.  But maybe chump change to Obama: not to me.  I pay my taxes — and not with Turbo Tax — I hire a guy because that ensures it gets done better than Geithner can do.

And those “lawmakers” who gave billions of dollars to the likes of Obama, Geithner and Bernanke and a bunch of government agents who are eating my lunch and getting their clocks cleaned by those getting bailout money — I hate them all.  The entire lunch eating flock.

Barney Frank ate my lunch because he missed the looming failure of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and missed the arrival of the recession.  Isn’t he the guy that stampeded many to create the rapid fire stimulus?  Isn’t his stimulus the law that legalized the AIG bonuses — the same bonuses he offers to tax at 90%? (Which may be unconstitutional?)

He ate our lunch for sure.

I’ll just throw Charlie Rangel in here for eating my lunch too.  He’s trying to rush a 90% tax on those that got bonuses like the AIG guys.  But hey, Charlie: that might be unconstitutional.  And hey, Chalie, can you go though an audit for us, pal?
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Amnesia Chris Dodd ate our lunch and then lied about it: putting language into the stimulus to help his buddies at AIG to pay those now famous bonuses.

Then Judas Dodd threw his buddies at AIG under the bus.

Barack Obama hired Turbo Tax Tim and Joe Biden so he continues to eat my lunch every day.

As Biden says, “This was a stupid idea.”

“Give us a f &*^%$# ing break”

But the president wants ME, US, and YOU to be confident because that could help the economy improve.

No habla.  Habla Espanol.

Related:
Lawmaking by Stampede Made the Stimulus, Now We’ll Tax ‘Bonuses’ the Simulus Allowed?
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Obama On Geithner Sounds Like “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job”
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Pelosi, Rangel rushing to tax AIG and other bonuses 90%; This caused a revolution once…

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 AIG Bonus Snafu: Boomeranging Into the Faces of Democrats?

“Dodd The Dodge” — Senator Weasels Away The Truth; And Not Artfully

Obama the centrist, pragmatic problem-solver is gone: now liberal spendathon, no accountability
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News at eleven followed by Jay Leno and Barack on the National Barack Channel….

Obama, Pelosi: Anything to Win

Obama, Congress, Treasury, Fed: Shameful Mismanagement of Your Money, Recovery

Did Obama White House Fuel AIG Bonus Mess To Enact Tougher Rules With Public Support, “Outrage”?

Fed to pump another $1 trillion into U.S. economy “from thin air”

US President Barack Obama (R) stands with Treasury Secretary ...

Darkened shadows: US President Barack Obama (R) stands with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner (L) as he makes remarks about AIG and his economic recovery package before departing for a trip to California from the White House in Washington, March 18, 2009. Obama on Wednesday assailed AIG’s hefty executive bonuses as an “inappropriate use of taxpayer funds,” saying the government needed tools to prevent a situation like AIG’s from ever again posing a risk to the financial system.  But Geithner paid those bonuses with taxpayers money….REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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Obama Tells “Turbo Tax” Geithner To Get Back AIG Bonus Money; Dumb and Dumber

March 16, 2009

It had to happen.  Turbo Tax Geithner, who did break a few laws by not correctly figuring and paying his taxes, has been told by President Brack Obama to round up the usual suspects at AIG and get back those huge bonuses you’ve probably heard about.

The amount of “bonus” money, about $163 million, is less than 1/2 of 1% of the bailout AIG got….

And the bonuses are being paid as part of legally binding contracts.

Related:
Dodd, Geithner Allowed AIG Bonuses; Now Ringleaders With Obama to Get Them Back
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Obama White House Issues “Lamest” Confidence Statement Ever for Geithner

AIG Bonus Flap: Lawsuit to Get Back $165 M Could Cost $300 M or More

So now the President of the United States is voiding those contracts and telling his Treasury Secretary to make it so?

I don’t think so.

Once the government of the United States started to get involved in running big business it jumed on to the slippery slope with a gusto.

When my wife, who lived through the communist takeover in Vietnam, heard President Obama say the U.S. taxpayers should ignore legal contracts and not pay the AIG bonuses, she flew into a rage and said, “This is how it starts.  This is how the state sweeps away everything involved in legal free enterprise.”

GO OBAMA!  But where to?

This isn’t America anymore.  This is communism, socialism or dumb and dumber.
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Noting that AIG has “received substantial sums” of federal aid from the federal government, Obama said he has asked Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner “to use that leverage and pursue every legal avenue to block these bonuses and make the American taxpayers whole.”

Said Obama: “All across the country, there are people who work hard and meet their responsibilities every day, without the benefit of government bailouts or multimillion-dollar bonuses. And all they ask is that everyone, from Main Street to Wall Street to Washington, play by the same rules.”

“This isn’t just a matter of dollars and cents,” he added. “It’s about our fundamental values.”

Well, it might be about our fundamental values but it is also about fundamental laws: and there will have to be plenty of proof that laws were broken.

Throwing money around is a problem for the federal government….

The guys that should have thier pay withheld are Barney Frank and Christopher Dodd, the Congressional oversight,  and a whole slew of federal oversight guys that got completely outsmarted by the Wall Street crowd, Bernie Madoff and others.  If Bernie’s sons hadn’t turned him in he might have fled to Aruba or somewhere because the feds would never have untagled the mess — and they might not still now that he’s not compelled to talk.

If Barack wants so much to safeguard our dollars in the Treasury he should never have made Geitner Treasury Secretary, he should never have allowed Pelosi to write the stimulus, and he should take away her air fleet and get the healthcare bill planning off her desk until we get the economy back in order.

And nobody in the federal government has the smarts to run big company like AIG.  It is just loonacy to think so.

If the government was so smart they should not have bailed out AIG without knowing they had a legal obligation to pay those bonuses as an “account payable.”

I know the left will blame all this on George Bush.  This is not about where we caught the disease: this is about finding the cure and fast before we are ruined.

Our Federal spending of $1 billion every hour in Obama’s first 50 days is the biggest corruption ever put upon the American taxpayer by far….dwarfing the wrangdoing even of the best elected crooks like Charlie Rangel (or is it Wrangel?) Maxine Waters and others (who are mostly small time boobs)….

Last I checked, the Congress passed the TARP and AIG wound up with something like $170 billion for itself and the others that bought their bad deals.  If the Congress throws money around they sure as hell have to take strong regulatory action….You make sure bonuses are not paid up front, not after they are paid…or you just let the company like AIG fail…

Accountability sucks.  But since many of our elected officials have no clue about true accountability; they could never see a company like AIG for the mess that it became….so we bailed them out.  They were too big to fail.

Psst: Barack.  Spend more time with the U.S. military where there is accountability and nobody is too big to fail. Barney Frank wouldn’t last 24 hours living by those rules…..So how can he be Mister Oversight?

And who among Barack Obama, Barney Frank, Chris Dodd and Geithner have ever been involved in a big mega-business like AIG?  The community organizer?  These guys don’t have the stones for this….Or the brains….They should have never given away billions.  Now they have to try to get it back.  This is a national disgrace.  No wonder China is worried…..

If every American voter hasn’t realized it by now here’s a clue: The Chinese, Russians, Taliban and others have taken their measure of Barack Obama already.  You should too.

International relations is tied directly to how the American government performs at home. Others measure the U.S. president: that’s why our embassy in Tehran was overrun in the Carter Administration.

Welcome Back Carter…..

Obama: Fire Geithner

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Obama Wasnts Some Bailout Dough Back From AIG?
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Thowing Money Around Isn’t Always the Cure

Gotta get to the root of the problem….

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China’s Economic Might, Arrogance Should Cause Caution in the West

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Geithner.  This dillweed is going up against AIG?  Obama, Barney Frank, Chris Dodd and Geithner don’t have the stones for this….Or the brains….

You want to figure out a mess like this you don’t hire Geithner….

 

Above: Not Geithner.  Photo: AP

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Why Taxpayers Should Pay the AIG Bonuses; Obama is Dead Wrong On This


Dumb and Dumber

Arrogance Blinds “Public Servants”

March 9, 2009

You damned corruptocrat, you are a servant of the public !

You’ve got to love this simple statement of fact.

Why are so many “government servants” blinded by arrogance and mischief?

When asked why the White House Chief of Staff, President Obama’s Chief of Staff, got involved with trashing Rush Limbaugh, Charles Krauthammer said, “Because he loves to make mischief, because he wants to stay in power and because it is fun.”

First rule on any communist government, based upon my 40 years of lessons: stay in power and disregard the mischief it takes to do that.  Integrity doesn’t matter: only power and arrogance matter.  Be bold.

I am tired of people, American lawmakers and “public servants,” making fun, mischief and money at my expense: not just John Thain of Merrill Lynch but also Rahm Emanuel, Charlie Rangel and a host of others…..

Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y.,right, asks President Barack Obama ... 
Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y.,right, asks President Barack Obama a question at the White House Forum on Health Reform in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, March 5, 2009.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

We can do better and we must.  If the White House and Mr. Emanuel haven’t noticed, the White House has a lot of fish to fry including the American economy, energy, health care, the environment not to mention Iran, Russia, North Korea, Mexico and etc……

When I hear the word “taxes” from anyone in Washington DC, I know I’ll pay more and guys like Tim Geithner and Charlie Rangel are responsible: even though they pay less.

America is turing into a banana republic; and we mean that in the worst way….

See Also:
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President Pelosi?

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Obama Doesn’t Understand What Many Americans Are Thinking

 Obama Needs to Run to the Center, the Transparent Ethical Center

http://www.redpills.org/?p=3548

 Obama on Education: What’s Good For You Is Wrong for Sasha, Malia

 Carville’s 2009 Predictions: Stand By For More Democrat Scandals

Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gestures prior ... 
Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gestures prior to the inauguration ceremony of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States, in Washington, January 20, 2009.(Jim Young – UNITED STATES/Reuters)

Military Draft Bill May Again Be Debated In Congress

January 15, 2009

Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) likely will introduce his controversial legislation to reinstate the draft again this year, but he will wait until after the economic stimulus package is passed.

Asked if he plans to introduce the legislation again in 2009, Rangel last week said, “Probably … yes. I don’t want to do anything this early to distract from the issue of the economic stimulus.”
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Rangel’s military draft bill did create a distraction for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) soon after Democrats won control of Congress after the 2006 election.

 

In the wake of that historic victory, Pelosi said publicly that she did not support the draft and that the Democratic leadership would not back Rangel’s legislation. She also said Rangel’s legislation was not about reinstating the draft but was instead “a way to make a point” about social inequality.

Reintroducing the military draft bill, which would attract media attention, will be trickier for Rangel in 2009 than it was a couple years ago because the Ways and Means Committee chairman is now under investigation by the House ethics committee.

By Susan Crabtree
The Hill
Democratic leaders have given Rangel a leading role in helping craft the new economic stimulus bill despite an array of ethics allegations that have surfaced over the last several months. The charges have ranged from failing to report rental income on a villa in the Dominican Republic to an alleged quid pro quo involving a legislative favor for a donor to an education center bearing Rangel’s name.

Always eager to be at the heart of the action, Rangel clearly is relishing discussing the high-profile stimulus package. During the first days of the 111th Congress — and for the first time in months — reporters have been swarming around Rangel to discuss policy matters rather than ethics.

 Republicans are likely to seize on the reintroduction of Rangel’s unpopular military draft bill. When they controlled the House in 2004, Republicans scheduled a vote on the Rangel measure, which was defeated 402-2. Reps. John Murtha (D-Pa.) and Pete Stark (D-Calif.) supported it, while Rangel voted against his own bill, claiming the GOP was playing political games.

But Rangel told The Hill that he recently heard talk about rewarding mandatory service with two years of college credit.

“That doesn’t make sense,” he said. “People shouldn’t have to join the military to get an education.”

A decorated Korean War veteran and a member of the Out of Iraq Caucus, Rangel argues that the burden of fighting wars falls disproportionately on low-income people and that cost should be borne more broadly.

If a draft had been in place in 2002 when members were making the decision on whether to support the war in Iraq, Rangel has said, Congress never would have approved the war resolution, because the pressure from constituents would have been too great.

Read the rest:
http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/rangel-to
-reintroduce-military-draft-measure-2009
-01-14.html

Democratic Scandals Boring, Less Sexual, But Genuine

January 5, 2009

For many years, Republicans represented the party of salacious homosexual bathroom sex-trysts while Democrats confined themselves to more workaday financial improprieties, such as storing massive collections of marked bills in their freezers. You’d have been hard pressed to pin a pay-for-play scheme on a Democrat because they were too unimportant: they just didn’t have any political influence worth selling.

By Sara Smith
News 4, NBC, New York

Now Democrats have reclaimed the White House and both parties of Congress, so of course they’re obliged to pull double duty in both sexual and political scandals. Let’s see, they’ve got the sex scandals pretty well covered: who can forget such luminaries as Eliot Spitzer, Patron Saint of Hookers; Tim Mahoney, the proud Florida Democrat with multiple mistresses who replaced the Republican with the “drinking problem”; the lizard-tongued humanoid adulterer John Edwards; and last but not least, America’s greatest mayor and sexiest texter, Kwame Kilpatrick.

A recent flood of news about Democrats doing improper, non-sexual stuff for favors means they’ve got the political side of scandals covered, too. Let’s review:

And the latest: the portly and affable Bill Richardson, who couldn’t be Secretary of State because he would have been murdered, personally, by the Clintons, so instead he settled for Commerce Secretary before he got roped into a grand jury investigation. Apparently some brilliant financial company that advised Jefferson County, Alabama into near-bankruptcy was also hired to work its magic on the state of New Mexico after it donated 100 grand to various political action committees formed by Bill Richardson.

 New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson is seen at the University ...
Bill Richardson

So now Richardson has said to Barack Obama, “Pls do not consider me for Commerce, as I have this little grand jury problem to deal with.” This is really too bad, because Bill Richardson spoke Spanish! Also he was very smart, and experienced in talking with nasty dictators. Now Obama will have to find some other sucker to help him revive the economy and control the weather.

Related:
 Carville’s 2009 Predictions: Stand By For More Democrat Scandals
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John Edwards
Lizard-tongued what?

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Above: Democratic Congressman William “the Refrigerator” Jefferson of Louisiana in better days….


Former New York Governor’s “friend”….

Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., smiles as he leaves the House of ... 
Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., smiles as he leaves the House of Representatives, Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Rangel Pushed for a Donation; Insurer Pushed for a Tax Cut

January 3, 2009

On April 21, 2008, Representative Charles B. Rangel met with officials of the American International Group, the now-troubled insurance giant, to ask for a donation to a school of public service that City College of New York was building in his honor.
Mr. Rangel had already helped secure a $5 million pledge for the project from a foundation controlled by Maurice R. Greenberg, one of the company’s largest shareholders and its former chief executive. And C.C.N.Y. officials, according to the school’s own records, had high hopes for A.I.G. — a donation of perhaps as much as $10 million.

By DAVID KOCIENIEWSKI
The New York Times

The company has never made a contribution. But less than a month after Mr. Rangel met with its officials, the company turned to the congressman for help: A senior A.I.G. executive who had attended the fund-raising meeting wrote a letter directly to Mr. Rangel, chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, urging him to support a provision of a tax bill that would save A.I.G. millions of dollars a year, according to Joseph M. Norton, a company spokesman.

Mr. Rangel’s exchange with A.I.G. last spring appears to be at odds with the public statements he has made since his fund-raising for the school became an issue. When his approach to A.I.G. was first reported in The Washington Post in July, Mr. Rangel said that he could not recall any issues his committee might have considered in which A.I.G. had an interest.

Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., smiles as he leaves the House of ... 
Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., smiles as he leaves the House of Representatives, Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

“I can’t think of one piece of legislation that impacts them, and there has never been a time that they’ve raised any legislation to me,” the paper quoted Mr. Rangel as saying. Indeed, in Mr. Rangel’s formal submission to the House ethics committee, asking it to review his use of Congressional stationery in soliciting money for the school, he wrote, “So far as I am aware, none of those whom I wrote had any pending requests into my office, lobbied me regarding any legislation before my committee, or asked me for assistance on legislation in which they had a special interest.”

Mr. Rangel, who had opposed the tax change A.I.G. was seeking — part of a much bigger piece of legislation — ultimately allowed it to be added to a bill he sponsored. Mr. Rangel’s aides, and fellow Democrats on the Ways and Means Committee, say that he agreed to the bill only after being persuaded by other members of Congress that it would help an array of American companies weather the economic uncertainty.

Related:
Carville’s 2009 Predictions: Stand By For More

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http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/
03/nyregion/03rangel.html?_r=1&hp

Carville’s 2009 Predictions: Stand By For More Democrat Scandals

January 3, 2009

In domestic politics, my first prediction is one that pains me to make, but I’ll make it anyway.

The Democratic Party has had a recent run of corruption and sex scandals. Mathematicians say that there are no such things as streaks and that the last event has nothing to do with the next. The only people who disagree are crapshooters and political operatives. Since I am both, I firmly believe that there are streaks and that political scandals happen in clusters.

James Carville
CNN

The Republican Party had its fair share of scandal and charges of deeply imbedded corruption preceding the 2006 election and leading up to the 2008 elections.

It doesn’t hurt to point out that these types of things are also more likely to harm the party in the majority — Republicans had more elected politicians (315 Republican officeholders in House, Senate, and state governorships) leading up to 2006.

With two big Democratic elections in a row, Democrats now hold a larger majority — 340 U.S. representatives, senators and governors. Simple math and history point to the fact that the more elected officials a party has in office, the more likely its politicians will get caught up in some sort of scandal.

The current streak, however removed from President-elect Barack Obama, doesn’t bode well for Democrats in 2009…

Read the rest:
http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS
/12/30/carville.2009/index.html

  
 

Not guilty of anything…Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has some final words for the media after he announces his choice of former Ill. Attorney General Roland Burris to fill President-elect Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat in Chicago. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has revoked embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s access to classified federal security information, officials said, because of his indictment.  He was impeached as governor by a mostly Democratic Illinois state house….


A newsman at The Washington Times says Senator Feinsten directed millions of taxpayer money to her husband’s company…..

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Above: Democratic Congressman William “the Refrigerator” Jefferson of Louisiana in better days….


Former New York Governor’s “friend”….

Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y.,right, asks President Barack Obama ... 

Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y.,right, asks President Barack Obama a question at the White House Forum on Health Reform in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, March 5, 2009.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)  

Getting Away With It in 2008: The Year That Was

December 28, 2008

All things change,” the Greek philosopher Heraclitus supposedly wrote over 2,500 years ago – but nothing like they did in 2008!

As 2008 comes to a close, almost nothing has turned out as was expected at the beginning of the year – whether we consider oil prices, the war in Iraq, political corruption or the collapse of the U.S. financial system.

By Victor Davis Hanson
The Washington Times

– OIL: For much of the year, the price of oil skyrocketed; by July, it had reached $147 a barrel. Petroleum prophets warned us that it would soon top $200 – and that we should brace for a future of permanently scarce energy. Geo-strategists added that cash-flush petrol states like Iran, Russia and Venezuela would cause global mischief for decades to come.

Then oil crashed with the stock market in September. Even the infamous cartel tactics of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries haven’t restored energy prices. The money we’re saving could translate into a nearly half-trillion-dollar annual stimulus package for the U.S. economy – and the near-bankruptcy of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Hugo Chavez and Vladimir Putin.

So, the year ends with politicians contemplating new energy taxes – and how to raise free-falling gas prices enough to encourage alternate fuels in a world currently flush with excess cheap oil.

– Iraq: 2008 opened with presidential candidates blaming each other over Iraq, declaring that the surge had not brought more stability, and accepting the recommendations of a staged withdrawal offered by the Iraq Study Group.

Yet we ended the year with applause for Gen. David Petraeus – and an admission that his surge and a change in tactics have brought increased security to Iraq. As of this writing, five American soldiers so far have been killed this month in Iraq; more Americans are often murdered in a single day on the streets of major American cities.

– Politics: The Democrats promised an end to the “culture of corruption” of congressional Republicans. Then human nature in 2008 proved more reliable than promises of reform politics.

So we ended the year with a surge of Democratic malfeasance that easily matched the former Republican Congress. Crusading New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer resigned in disgrace after disclosure of his junkets with a prostitute. “Hot Rod” Blagojevich, governor of Illinois, was caught on a wire discussing how to sell Barack Obama’s Senate seat to the highest bidder.

Then there’s Rep. Charles Rangel of New York, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. The sheer range of his alleged transgressions is shocking….

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dec/28/the-that-was-then-year/