This swamp still needs draining

There isn’t a shortage of stories, or lists of stories about corrupt Republicans. The MSM is only too happy to oblige.

Fine with me. I’m sick and tired of corrupt politicians.

Interestingly enough, a quick google search reveals that stories about corrupt Republicans outnumber those about corrupt Democrats by 3 – 1. I don’t think that is because there are more corrupt Republicans. I think it’s because Democrats get a pass from the MSM on all but the most egregious cases. So, I thought I might start my own list in this era of transparency in government, and hope and change.

More and more these days, my morning newspaper reads like an ensemble comedy of errors cast entirely with Democrats: Bill Richardson probed! Blago busted! Charlie Rangel investigated! Eliot Spitzer ruined! Kwame Kilpatrick jailed! Bill “Freezer” Jefferson indicted! … and so on. Ugh. Are the Democrats … developing their own “culture of corruption” problem? (Eve Fairbanks)

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Ms. Fairbanks has a good point. The growing list of corrupt Democrat politicians promises to give Republicans a substantial target to shoot at for the ’10 midterms. And, the list is growing. Daily.

Further, none of this stuff is “old news” (if the Rezko-Ayers-Wright kind of stuff, or Harry Reid land deals, can truly be said to be “old news”).

Here is a quick look at some of the links I’ve been bookmarking. Maybe you’ve been saving some cool links as well.

Please share them with us in the comments section.

1) Another cabinet nominee with tax issues

There’s yet more tax trouble for President Obama’s cabinet picks.

Hilda Solis, his selection for labor secretary, had her confirmation hearing delayed today by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, whose chairman is Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts.

2) Obama names “most fined” Washington State bureaucrat to HUD

Obama’s appointment of Ron Sims to the #2 position at HUD sends exactly the opposite message. A court levied the biggest fine for illegal record withholding against Sims in Washington State history — and that record hasn’t finished yet:

Sims is culpable for what may well become the largest fine for violations of public records laws in U.S. history: (see Yousoufian, Armen)

3) Rangel’s Financial Disclosures Omitted Data Over 30 Years, a Report Says

Representative Charles B. Rangel’s financial disclosure forms had at least 28 omissions in the past 30 years and failed to account for what became of more than $239,000 in assets, according to a report issued Wednesday by a private government-ethics group.

4) Rangel faces questions about book royalties

Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) is facing new questions about why he has not disclosed any royalty income on his 2007 memoir … And I Haven’t Had a Bad Day Since: From the Streets of Harlem to the Halls of Congress.

The Sunlight Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocate for government transparency, wants to know why the chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee has failed to report royalty income and has not voluntarily disclosed details of his book contract.

5) ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos is engaged in daily private phone briefings with Obama Chief-of-Staff Rahm Emanuel.

He then presents himself as a credible journalist and nonpartisan commentator in reporting about the administration. Such a move crosses journalistic lines, is a clear conflict of interest and must be stopped immediately.

6) John Conyers wife offers to sell her vote for $25,000

And you thought Democrat politics in Illinois was stinky and sleazy? Well, move over Blagojevitch. Detroit City Council President Monica Conyers, wife of House Judiciary Committee John Conyers (DEMOCRAT-MI) (famous for accusing Republicans of wrongdoing), is in hot water…

Detroit News: A lawyer for a strip club official says his client told a federal grand jury Wednesday that a top aide to then-City Councilwoman Monica Conyers offered to deliver her vote on a permit transfer for $25,000. …

Congressman Conyers has had his own ethical problems. Accusations that he used his congressional staff for illegal campaign related work and to perform personal services like babysitting was “business as usual” according to one former aide.

Worse still, Conyers staff was accused of stealing the Thanksgiving turkeys a Detroit food bank donated to feed the poor. Instead they gave them to friends and political cronies.

7) Blago: Emmanuel a co-conspirator

In an impassioned speech before the Illinois Senate Thursday, Democrat Governor Rod Blagojevich placed responsibility for one key impeachment charge just a door away from the Oval Office. Blagojevich said before the Senate vote that, if he’s impeached, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel should be a “co-conspirator.”

“If you’re impeaching me,” Blagojevich told lawmakers,” … let’s demand that President Obama fire Rahm Emanuel, because Rahm Emanuel is the one who gave me this idea.”

8 ) Bill Richardson’s Pay-to-play scandal

A federal grand jury is investigating whether a financial firm improperly won more than $1.4 million in work for the state of New Mexico shortly after making contributions to political action committees of Gov. Bill Richardson (D).

The probe focuses on whether the governor’s office urged a state agency to hire CDR Financial Products. The probe is in a highly active stage at a time when President-elect Barack Obama has chosen Richardson as his nominee for secretary of commerce, according to two sources familiar with the investigation.

9) Analysis: Obama is tarnished by nominees’ tax problems
Instead of ‘change you can believe in,’ Americans could see business as usual when it comes to the problems of some of President Barack Obama’s personnel choices.

10) NY state leaders pay up tax bills

And, Dems on the state level don’t want to pay their taxes either. …

Former NY gubernatorial aide Charles O’Byrne isn’t the only prominent New Yorker with a history of tax troubles.

Twenty members of the current state Legislature have over the years been hit with state tax warrants, similar to liens, for more than $52,000 in unpaid taxes, interest and penalties, according to state records covering the past two decades obtained under the Freedom of Information law.

Additionally, former lawmakers have owed more than $62,000.

In October, O’Byrne admitted to paying more than $293,000 in state and federal back taxes and interest. He quit his post as Gov. David Paterson’s top adviser after his debts came to light.

While all the sitting legislators’ tax bills have been settled, payments didn’t come before the politicians were listed in state documents as facing tax warrants.

Many lawmakers who received warrants pointed to confusion and mix-ups, often regarding their own employment outside of the state. (Lawmakers in both the state Senate and Assembly earn $79,500 plus extra stipends for special duties such as heading committees; taxes are automatically withheld from those paychecks.)

All of the lawmakers who have received warrants are Democrats.

Feel free to revise and extend the list in the comments section.

Weekend Link dump

Red Alert: Confidential witness ready to blow up Clinton and Holder confirmations with dirt on the Marc Rich pardon, Doug Ross

I can’t think of a better way for Obama to finally be rid of Her Thighness than to have her publicly humiliated with this garbage.

But then, Obama wouldn’t be behind this. No. Never. Henh.

A Libertarian Defense of Social Conservatism, By Randall Hoven

I’m still searching for the mythical creature that is the “financially conservative, socially liberal” politician. In virtually every case, the pro-abortion or pro-gay marriage politician is the first to vote against a tax cut, the first to vote for more spending and quick to compromise principles on any issue there is.

Using the National Journal’s ratings of Senators in 2007 , the correlation coefficient between “economic” scores and “social” scores is 90%. That means they almost always go together; financial conservatives are social conservatives and vice versa. Every Senator scoring above 60 in economic issues, scored above 50 in social ones. Every Senator scoring below 40 in economic issues, scored below 50 in social ones. If there is such an animal as a “financial conservative, social liberal”, it does not exist in the US Senate.

NBC News Obtains Videotape of 9/11 Hijacker Being Coached by al-Qaida Handlers, Breitbart

Who knew the evil Chimpy McHaliburton could be so devious? Chances are, the emergence of this tape will make little difference to the troofers and at least half the democrats in NY.

Muslim Fanatics ‘Hijack British Prison’, Daily (uk) Express

MUSLIM prisoners have launched a reign of terror inside a top security British jail.

The fanatics are forcing fellow inmates to convert to Islam or face punishment beatings.

One man who stood up to the thugs was branded with a lump of hot metal, according to a prison source.

The crisis at Whitemoor jail in Cambridgeshire has led to calls by staff for the 100 Muslim inmates there to be dispersed to other prisons round the country.

Some Al Qaeda supporters have set up a kangaroo court, sitting in judgment on prisoners and ordering punishments, the source said.

Hawaiian officials admit withholding Obama’s original BC, Israel Insider

Now it’s pretty apparent why Barack Obama made his sudden, last minute visit to Honolulu. It wasn’t Granny’s health problems that interested him but Hawaii’s Health Department.

The strategy may have backfired. A statement by Hawaiian officials Friday that they have seen but won’t release an “original” birth certificate that has never been released raises more questions than it answers.

Time for a Bank Holiday, The Nation

Here is the ugly, unofficial truth that neither Wall Street nor the government will acknowledge: the pinnacle of the US financial system is broke–with perhaps $2 trillion in rotten financial assets on the books. Nobody knows, exactly. The bankers won’t say, and regulators won’t ask, or at least don’t dare tell the public. Official silence naturally feeds the conviction that banking’s problems are far worse than we’ve been told. The Levy Economics Institute of Bard College puts it plainly: “It is probable that many and perhaps most financial institutions are insolvent today–with a black hole of negative net worth that would swallow Paulson’s entire $700 billion in one gulp.”

The World is Coming to an End (And it might even have a happy ending), Financial Sense Univ

We are facing a depression that will rival that of the Great Depression of the 1920’s and may more closely resemble the Greater Depression of 1873.

There are going to be stock market rallies within this bear market, and that will be the time for those still holding and hoping to get out before the bear really begins to claw in 2009.

Before this secular Bear Market is over, we are going to new lows in all indices, more than 3500 banks will close, unemployment will surge, there will be violence in the streets and people will kill you to get what you have.


UBS may need extra bailout, swissinfo

Switzerland’s biggest bank, UBS, could receive another bailout if it faces more difficulties under the global financial crisis, the Federal Banking Commission says.

So, who’s next in the bailout parade?


Citi to get bailout,
WSJ

WASHINGTON – The federal government agreed Sunday to take unprecedented steps to stabilize Citigroup Inc. by moving to guarantee close to $300 billion in troubled assets weighing on the bank’s books, according to people familiar with details of the plan.

Treasury has agreed to inject an additional $20 billion in capital into Citigroup under terms of the deal hashed out between the bank, the Treasury Department, the Federal Reserve, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Treasury officials will charge a higher interest rate for the capital injection — 8% for the first few years — than it has charged to dozens of other banks now borrowing money under the government’s the $700 billion rescue package approved by Congress last month.

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