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01/15/13
The Other Obama Scandals
Filed under: General
Posted by: Joe Melchiorre @ 9:25 pm


I confess that I received most of this rant in an email but I had to get it out all over. It just makes you wonder how BO got elected TWICE!!!

I am sorry I’m not able to attribute this piece properly. The segments have the proper attribution but I would like to have given credit to the person that did the research.
JM

Flouting the Law
•Move Act. The doj has done everything it can to avoid complying with this 2009 law that ensures absentee ballots be mailed to military personnel overseas at least 45 days before election day. This year’s record was dismal, according to the Military Voter Protection Project. (Ohio received only 9,700 ballots this September, for instance, but received 32,000 in September 2008.) The Regime whines that it doesn’t have the money to comply with the law. “The same Obama Administration that funded Solyndra, Obamacare, and Cash for Clunkers couldn’t spare any change to help ensure that our nation’s heroes can exercise the right to vote,” writes Tea Party activist Ned Ryun in “Obama Suppressing the Military Vote” in The Washington Times, 11/5/12.
•Immigration. To win the 2012 Hispanic vote, Obama stopped enforcing federal immigration law. “ice is at a point now where agents are being told to break federal law. They’re pretty much told that any illegal alien under the age of 31 is going to be let go. You can imagine, these law enforcement officers are being put in a horrible position,” a state official told The Washington Times in August.
•Paying illegals. “The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration has uncovered the astonishing fact that the Obama Administration pays billions of dollars in child tax credits to illegal aliens … President Obama has simply changed the law by executive fiat.” — PowerLine, “The Obama Administration Pays Illegal Aliens to Come Here,” 8/7/12
•Welfare. On 7/12/12, Obama rolled back successful 1996 welfare reforms by fiat — “an illegal bureaucratic tactic to gut the work requirements in the original legislation,” notes Heritage.
•Contempt. In June 2010, Louisiana Federal District Court Judge Martin Feldman ordered the federal government to end its post-bp-spill moratorium on deep-sea drilling, ruling it unconstitutional. Obama defied him, ordering a second ban. On 2/2/11, Judge Feldman found the Obama Interior Dept. in contempt. The Regime appealed, arguing in August 2012 that “a federal court’s power to restrain a federal agency’s actions [is] limited,” reports ap. A decision is pending from the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Not that the Obama Regime will care what it rules.
•Illegal appointments. “In January [2012], the President illegally appointed a director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, along with three appointments to the National Labor Relations Board, all without the approval of a Senate still legally in session, as the Constitution requires,” reports Investor’s Business Daily.
•warn Act. Under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, employers are legally bound to give 60-day advance notice of layoffs. But the Regime ordered defense contractors not to say boo to employees about the hundreds of thousands of impending layoffs resulting from the sequestration of defense funds (part of the debt ceiling deal). Why? Layoff news was bad for the Obama re-elect effort. To encourage the law-breaking, Obama’s omb promised to “compensate defense contractors for any liability they might incur as a result of violating the warn Act,” as PowerLine reported on 10/2/12. Disobey federal law, get an Obama bonus.
•Illegal taxes. On 10/18/12, House Oversight Chair Darrell Issa sent a letter to Obama Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and irs Commissioner Douglas Shulman accusing Treasury of “either willfully misleading the Committee or … purposefully withholding information.” This, after “the irs has announced it will impose Obamacare’s taxes on employers and individuals whom Congress expressly exempted from those taxes,” notes TownHall.com.
Green Graft
•Solyndra. Deeply in debt and teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, this solar panel facility still received $535 million in federally guaranteed loans, thanks to Obama’s friendship with Solyndra’s largest shareholder (and top White House bundler) George Kaiser. Now it’s out of business, and the taxpayers are out all the cash.
•Solar Reserve. On 9/28/12, a $737 million Energy Dept. loan guarantee went to this solar energy firm, whose investment partner, pcg, boasts a bigwig named Ronald Pelosi. Nancy’s brother-in-law.
•Fifty failures. Green Corruption blog lists a total of 50 Obama green-energy busts: 23 bankrupt, and 27 teetering. As of 10/23/12, at least $15 billion in “green” taxpayer money is either going or gone, most funneled to Obama Democrat cronies.

•Only “17 percent of the roughly 211,000 new jobs in 2009 and 2010 were in the green technology areas targeted by the Obama Administration,” admits PolitiFact. Translation: Obama threw $80 billion at the green industry to end up with 35,870 jobs. That’s over $2 million per job.
•Volt fires. Via the National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration, the Regime suppressed news about the gm Volt battery fires for months, according to AutoGuide.com, putting public safety at risk in order to protect the “fragility of Volt sales.”
Cronyism
•LightSquared. This telecommunications company backed by Obama donors Philip Falcone and George Soros (Obama himself was an early investor, according to Human Events) was on the fast track to federal authorization despite concerns that its nationwide satellite phone network would interfere with the military’s gps system. In September 2011, Four-Star General William Shelton testified that the White House tried to pressure him to change his negative assessment of the network. Blocked by regulators, LightSquared filed for bankruptcy 5/14/12.
•Obamaphones. TracFone Wireless ceo Frederick Pollack and his wife are big Obama donors and bundlers, reports The Washington Free Beacon. By supplying taxpayer-funded “free” cell phones to the poor, the Pollacks have lined their own pockets — and those of the Democrat Party.
•Petrobras. Billionaire George Soros increased his stake in Brazil’s state-controlled oil company by over $800 million just days before Obama committed $2 billion in taxpayer loans to Petrobras.
•uaw payback. “The United Auto Workers donated $1 million to President Obama’s super pac and another million to super pacs [for] Congressional Democrats in September, with millions more to be spent before Election Day. Well, of course. How many millions, or billions, of dollars did Obama slide to the corrupt uaw with his illegal bondholder cramdown in [auto industry] bankruptcy? Gangster government has its rewards.” — PowerLine, 10/15/12
Shady Deals
•Porkulus. Joe Biden warned, “We know some of this money is going to be wasted.” How about all of it? $840 billion thrown away on bogus weatherization schemes, loony grants, and bat-friendly cupolas to cover up its real purpose: a Democrat slush fund.
•gm bailout. “One of my clients was directly threatened by the White House and in essence compelled to withdraw its opposition to the deal under the threat that the full force of the White House press corps would destroy its reputation if it continued to fight.” — Tom Lauria, Democrat attorney for Chrysler shareholders, wjr radio, 4/28/09. The Regime flouted federal bankruptcy law and threw gm investors under the bus on behalf of unions.
•Delphi pensions. “When the government bailed out gm, 20,000 [non-union] Delphi workers lost nearly their entire pensions. But Delphi employees who were members of the United Auto Workers union saw their pensions topped off and made whole. The White House and Treasury Dept. have consistently maintained that the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation [pbgc] independently made the decision to terminate the 20,000 non-union Delphi workers’ pension plan … [But e]mails show … Timothy Geithner was the driving force behind terminating the pensions of the 20,000 salaried Delphi retirees.” — PowerLine, 8/7/12
Fudged Numbers
•Unemployment. The Obama book-cooking has been at full tilt for years, as jobless claims have falsely been revised upward week after week to show a nonexistent “decline in unemployment.” Magically, the Dept. of Labor goosed employment figures right before Election Day. After election day, the number of new jobless claims shot up 78,000 from the week before.
•Poverty. According to Investor’s Business Daily, a new Census Bureau report, curiously released after the election, “finds that the number of poor people in America climbed 712,000 in 2011. The ‘official’ report that came out in September had the number dropping by 96,000.”
•Bank failure. Three days after the election, on November 9, Fortune’s Stephen Gandel reported that the “overwhelming conclusion” of industry analysts and consultants was that Dodd-Frank would cause thousands of small banks to disappear: “Wall Streeters say Obama’s second term will be the death knell for small banks.” But a month before the election, on October 4, Gandel’s Fortune “fact check” insisted, “Since Dodd-Frank, small banks have grown more profitable.”
White House Funny Business
•Visitor logs. After claiming a “transparent” Administration, Obama released White House visitor logs only when forced by a lawsuit, revealing 22 visits by seiu’s Andy Stern leading the pack of lobbyists, union strongmen, and socialist hangers-on. Incredibly, abc News bought the line that the names weren’t really the names. In an article titled “Is That THE Bill Ayers? No,” Jake Tapper reported: “Taking what officials call an ‘unprecedented’ step in transparency, the White House released visitor logs today showing some popular names: William Ayers, Jeremiah Wright, R. Kelly, and Malik Shabazz visiting the White House. But, no — those are not who you think they are, official[s] say; these famous people never really visited the White House — these are other people with the same name.” Uh-huh.
•Vacations. Moochelle spent an estimated $10 million of taxpayer money in just one year on pricey vacations, according to The [UK] Daily Mail.
•Entertainment. Not only have the Obamas spent exponentially more on entertainment than previous Administrations — including one State Dinner that ran $1 million — the parties are catered by a guy whose business partner is the deputy chief of the State Dept.’s Office of Protocol, according to The Washington Examiner. Asked about the propriety of a White House contractor having a business relationship with a federal official in this position, former Reagan White House chief usher Gary Walters said, “Does it smell right? No.”

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