Politicians milking the system for money
- Bernie Sanders rails about common good but public service has made him (and his family) rich
Fox News reported in a 28 January 2020 article how (from the beginning) Bernie Sanders has used public funds to enrich himself and his family.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has been a loud and constant voice for socialist policies throughout his 30 years in Washington, D.C., a self-proclaimed champion of the collective good. But in researching my new book, “Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America’s Political Elite,” I discovered that while Sanders may talk about the common good, his public service has made him and his family quite wealthy.
Perhaps no one has benefited more from Sanders’s career in politics than his wife Jane.
When Bernie was first elected mayor of Burlington, Vermont, he appointed his then-girlfriend, Jane Driscoll, to head his administration’s Youth Office. Though the position was originally unpaid, Bernie eventually put Jane on the payroll over objections of the city council. The job was never advertised so that others could apply. A local paper noted that Sanders never bothered to provide evidence as to Jane’s “qualifications” for the position.
The appointment would remain a source of controversy for Sanders. After Bernie and Jane got married in 1988, his new wife received a big pay increase. As one local newspaper reported, “Political sparks flew at Burlington’s annual city meeting Monday night as Democratic aldermen raised a series of questions concerning a hefty pay raise for Mayor Bernie Sanders’ new wife and whether she should continue to hold her job as director of the Mayor’s Youth Office.”
After Bernie won election to Congress in 1990, Jane’s business ties to her husband rose to a new level.
In Washington, Jane became one of her husband’s top aides, serving at various times as his chief of staff, press secretary and political analyst. After a decade in Congress, Jane and family went about setting up a company that operated under three different names to provide income tied to Bernie’s political career.
On Sept. 27, 2000, the family formed Sanders & Driscoll LLC, a for-profit consulting company run by Jane, her daughter Carina, and son David. The business also operated under two trade names: Leadership Strategies and Progressive Media Strategies.
(Read more at Fox News)
Never forget that Bernie’s wife also ruined a small college that employed her and her daughter
By running that college on liberal principles, Mrs. Sanders ran the college into the ground. At the same time, that college paid both Mrs. Sanders and her daughter significant sums for their services.
Maybe we should treat this as a cautionary tale for Bernie Sander’s plan for free college (aka, worthless college).
- Bombshell? Joe and Hunter Biden were both paid by Burisma
Townhall commented in a 10 October 2020 article how both Joe and Hunter Biden were paid by Burisma.
So, the plot thickens with Joe Biden and his Ukraine ties. House Democrats have pulled the trigger on their grand plan to impeach President Trump for simply winning the 2016 election. They couldn’t get him on impeachment for “Russian collusion,” but they’re now using some inaccurate whistleblower report that alleged that President Trump tried to shakedown Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, threatening to withhold military aid unless he opened a corruption investigation into Hunter Biden. Hunter was being paid $50,000/month at his position at Burisma Group, an energy company and a sector of the economy that Biden has zero experience.
As the son of then-Vice President Joe Biden, it seems pretty clear that he was there selling access. That’s the allegation. It’s a question that hasn’t gone away, and one that has irritated Joe Biden to no end. And now we’re hearing that Joe Biden was also paid $900,000 which was part of his lobbying fee on behalf of Burisma. The former vice president has repeatedly said that he and his son never discussed overseas business, despite being pictured in a photograph golfing with two Ukrainian energy executives. They didn’t talk business. Who are you kidding? Our friends at RedState wrote about this earlier today. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s attorney, also repeated the claim on Fox News’ Sean Hannity Wednesday night (via NY Post):
Rudy Giuliani, the personal lawyer for President Trump, alleged that a Ukrainian natural gas company that employed Joe Biden’s son Hunter also paid the former vice president $900,000 in lobbying fees.
Giuliani, appearing Wednesday night on Fox News’ “The Sean Hannity Show,” cited as evidence documents released by Andriy Derkach, a member of Ukraine’s parliament.
“Biden, his son and his brother had a 30-year-long scam to make money, millions, selling his public office,” Giuliani told Hannity.
Derkach held a press conference earlier Wednesday in Kiev where he claimed he had documents showing how Burisma Holdings paid Biden the lobbying fees.
(Read more at Townhall)
So, with information from RedState, the New York Post, Sean Hannity, and Townhall, we cannot claim we did not know
Still, this information did not appear on any over-the-fold, main-stream media outlets. During the time that this article came out, all of the over-the-fold space in major publications was taken up by various iterations of the impeachment story. I guess that they didn’t really hide this information. They just made it less visible.
This is partially how Democrats still get elected. Nobody hears about their wrong-doing.
Politicians treated differently by the press
- Joe Biden, grilled on Obama-era record of putting children in ‘cages,’ argues ‘we kept them safe’
Fox News reported on how Biden replied to Jorge Ramos. Oddly, this met a different response than when pictures of Obama’s cages were blamed on Trump.
Former Vice President Joe Biden was grilled Friday about the Obama administration’s record of detaining migrant children in what some lawmakers and activists have described as “cages” — with the 2020 hopeful claiming the government did it to keep them “safe.”
Biden, who served as VP for both of then-President Barack Obama’s terms, has cited his experience as a reason he should be the Democratic nominee. But with the Democratic Party shifting to the left on matters related to immigration in recent years, he has faced increased scrutiny about the administration’s policies from those claiming they were cruel.
In an interview Friday posted on Facebook, Univision journalist Jorge Ramos took issue with a claim that Biden made in September in a debate in Houston that the Obama administration never put migrant children in cages — in contrast to the Trump administration.
“What Latinos should look at is comparing this president to the president we have is outrageous,” Biden said in September. “We didn’t lock people in cages. We didn’t separate families. We didn’t do all of those things.”
“You actually did,” Ramos said Friday, showing him a picture of an 8-year-old boy in McAllen, Texas, in 2014.
“What happened was all the unaccompanied children were coming across the border,” Biden said. “We tried to get them out, we kept them safe, and get them out of the detention center… run by Homeland Security and get them into communities as quickly as we can.”
The “cages” are detention centers in which there were also chain-link enclosures. The practice was carried out by both the Obama and Trump administrations, and Biden is correct that in both instances minors were held, in part, for their own safety. An Associated Press fact check last year noted that migrants were housed in the facilities and separated by both age and sex. Those facilities were built and used by the Obama administration, and the Trump administration used the same facilities.
(Read more at Fox News)
The Congress seems unwilling or unable to punish its own lawbreakers
- Ilhan Omar breaks campaign finance law by paying her ex $250K
The Daily Mail reported on the sordid details of Ilhan Omar’s affair.
Ilhan Omar’s husband discovered the truth about her torrid affair with her chief fundraiser when he went to her Washington D.C. apartment last spring and found the lovers lounging around in pajamas, DailyMail.com has learned exclusively.
Ahmed Hirsi had long suspected that Omar, 39, was cheating on him with married Tim Mynett but the proof came when he caught the hijab-wearing congresswoman in a state that no Muslim woman would expect to be with a man who is not her husband.
Two separate sources confirmed the account to DailyMail.com, saying that Hirsi was left ‘angry and humiliated’ by the encounter.
‘He suspected she was cheating but she kept telling him he was paranoid,’ one source said.
‘He told her he wanted to move down to D.C. to be with her but she insisted he should stay in Minneapolis with the children. Eventually he surprised her down there and his worst fears were confirmed.
‘It wasn’t that he actually caught them in bed but they were clearly in a romantic situation.’
(Read more at the Daily Mail)
While the Daily Mail touches on the salacious nature of the issue, it does not address the illegality
They may have spoken reams on how Ilhan seems to have almost been caught in the act and how her lover has been seen carrying bags of beer, but they ignore the illegality of using campaign funds to pay $250K to one’s husband and another $250K to one’s lover.
- Ilhan Omar got hit with state campaign finance violations in July 2018
On the other hand, Breitbart reported in a 6 June 2019 article that Ilhan Omar had been brought up on state charges of campaign finance violations.
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) was found by the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board on Thursday to have committed several campaign finance violations — and its findings have revived old questions about the legality of her marriage.
In July 2018, Minnesota State Rep. Steve Drazkowski (R-Mazeppa) filed a complaint with the board against the Neighbors for Ilhan (Omar) campaign committee, which had supported her campaign for state representative. He claimed that she had improperly spent campaign funds on legal work related to her divorce. He later filed additional complaints that she had improperly spent campaign funds on out-of-state travel.
The board’s investigation into Omar found several violations. It noted that while none of Omar’s legal expenses had been for her divorce, she had spent $1,500 on legal expenses related to her personal taxes that were not sufficiently related to the campaign. Furthermore, the board found that some of her out-of-state travel expenses were not related to her legislative duties. She has been ordered to pay reimbursements to her campaign, to file amended campaign finance statements, and to pay a civil fine of $500 to the state.
The board’s report also noted that Omar and Ahmed Hirsi, her current husband, “filed joint tax returns for 2014 and 2015.” That could add fuel to persistent allegations that Omar had been married to two men at the same time — one of whom, Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, City Journal noted in 2016, was rumored (though never proven) to be her brother.
(Read more at Breitbart)
However, it seems the gears of justice turn slowly (if at all) for Democrats
Furthermore, there seems to be a stranglehold on negative information regarding Democrats. Has anyone heard complaints by leadership on either side of the aisle regarding Ilhan Omar and her misuse of campaign funds? Maybe someone has complained, but it does not seem to have reached the pages of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, or other main stream media outlets. Therefore, unless we can find it among the alternative media outlets that Google regularly shadow bans, we will never know.
- Rashida Tlaib Detained During Airport Protest
The Daily Caller reported in a 15 February 2020 article that Representative Tlaib was detained and released at a protest.
Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib was taken into custody, then immediately released Friday during a protest at Detroit Metro Airport.
Diana Hussein of the union group Unite Here posted pictures of the protest, which reportedly blocked traffic:
However, she later corrected her earlier contention that Tlaib had been “arrested” with the group, instead stating she “did participate in solidarity in the civil disobedience.”
After her release, Tlaib took to Twitter to express her views and post a picture of herself with some of the other protesters who were detained.
“We won’t stop until we get #fairwages & #healthcare,” Tlaib tweeted. “These courageous people got arrested tonight at DTW b/c they believe workers deserve human dignity. Shame on you @Delta for leaving workers behind and letting them live in poverty.”
(Read more at the Daily Caller)
Regular plebes who violate this type of law at airport are jailed
However, since Hillary, we have known that “equal under the law” is nowhere near the standard.
Additionally, if you want a case study in unequal under the law, look at Roger Stone. While the law allows up to 9 years for the crime, first-time offenders with no record normally get 3 months (heard during the 5-6 am drive on 21 February 2020 on KTRH AM 740 — which sort-of matches what NBC reported on similar cases). But when the 9-year recommendation gets pulled back by Barr, four prosecutors quit, a multitude of former (Democrat) prosecutors call for Barr to resign, and the world is about to end (according to the press). So, still, nothing is really equal.
The “party of the people” disdains the people
- Omar claim of PTSD ‘offensive’ to US veterans, Indiana congressman says; Squad member responds
Fox news reported in a 9 January 2020 article how soldiers have found offense to Ilhan Omar’s claims of PTSD.
An Indiana congressman who served in Afghanistan as a member of the Navy Reserve spoke out on behalf of America’s military veterans Wednesday after U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., claimed she suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.
U.S. Rep. Jim Banks, a Republican, said Omar’s comments were a “disgrace,” calling the remarks “offensive to our nation’s veterans who really do have PTSD after putting their life on the line to keep America safe.”
Omar had made her remarks during a news conference with other Democrats on Wednesday, at which she said she “felt ill” because of “everything that is taking place” in the Middle East — a reference to the recent U.S. tensions between the U.S. and Iran, including last week’s U.S. airstrike in Baghdad and Iran’s missile attacks early Wednesday against airbases in Iraq where U.S. service members are stationed.
“And I think every time I hear about … I hear of conversations around war, I find myself being stricken with PTSD,” she said. “And I find peace knowing that I serve with great advocates for peace and people who have shown courage against war.”
After Banks took issue with her comments, Omar posted a reply on Twitter, making reference to her youth in war-torn Somalia. Omar left her homeland with her family near the start of the Somali Civil War in 1991 and spent four years at a Kenyan refugee camp before immigrating to the U.S. in 1995.
“Hi Jim, I survived war as a child and deal with post-traumatic stress disorder—much like many who have served or lived through war,” she wrote in the tweet, which was addressed to Banks but not tagged. “It’s shameful that you as a member of Congress would erase the PTSD of survivors.”
But Banks doubled down on his comments later Wednesday evening, posting a video that showed Omar and other Democrats giggling in the background as their colleague, U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, spoke to reporters about the more than 4,000 U.S. service members killed in Iraq over the years.
“Your words and actions at today’s press conference reveal your feelings toward our soldiers serving abroad and the video speaks for itself,” Banks wrote, including a video of the news conference shared by Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga.
Omar posted another message about a half-hour later, elaborating that she had “lived in a war zone” and had “seen what conflict does to families and communities.”
(Read more at Fox news)
This seems to reflect the sentiments of Democrats
Think back. Do you remember how Bloomberg suggested farmers to be idiots? Do you remember Biden calling Trump supporters the “dregs of society?” Do you remember Hillary infamously calling the political camp arrayed against her a “basket of deplorables?” Do you remember how the California legislature reprimanded those who voted for Trump, calling them “bigots?” Do you remember a similar reprimand directed toward Black Lives Matter when they rioted on false pretenses?
It seems that the Democrat party has selected certain groups to be our elites. All other groups need to kowtow to those groups. That, according to them, is just how it is.
- Omar laughs at American deaths
Townhall comments in a 9 January 2020 article on how Ilhan Omar laughed at American soldier deaths.
During a press conference on Wednesday, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is seen giggling and talking to her colleagues while she is standing behind Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), who was discussing U.S. troops killed in war.
“I’m very glad to say that I was part of the 132 and also the vote for Barbara Lee’s amendment, but I think that the point of that is that that is the same war that we’re dealing with today,” Lee said. “We never solved any problems with AUMF, we left 4,000-plus, maybe even 4400 dead, and over 60,000 who came back injured in some form and the war never ended.”
Rather than stand silently behind her colleague as she spoke, Omar became a distraction when she starting laughing and turning around to talk to her Democratic colleagues.
“I recall the language in AUMF, it deals with hostilities in Iraq,” Lee continued. “It doesn’t deal with an incident or a dislike or someone in a car coming in from the airport. That is the danger of not acting and I do think with our leadership, meaning the leadership CPC, that will come together around specific answers.”
As Matt covered, Omar said during the press conference that tensions with Iran have left her feeling “a little bit” ill.
(Read more at Townhall)