You wonder why all these big labor unions support Barrack Hussein Obama so much? Because the financial kickbacks more they make up for the millions spent. The “Chicago Way” of politics is too reward your patrons and to punish and bully your enemies. Just look at the thug tactics Obama used to screw the GM bond holders and the cushy deals the big gangster unions got. This socialist bullshit is one of the many Obama policies keeping real unemployment at 15% plus. Why invest in the economy when this thugocracy can just show up and say sorry where dissolving your investment you can take these pennies or take nothing. And if you make any media complaints you just may find my enforcer in the Justice Department going through your business records. GM was a horrible run company with insane union contracts and should of gone bankrupt. But old Barry just rigged the game and bailed out his big labor buddies. Now Obama is using OBAMACARE to kickback taxpayer cash to big labor union pals far and wide.
Freelancers Union receives $340 million in grants for ObamaCare
By Adam Bitely — More political payola for Big Labor. The Freelancers Union has reportedly received $340 million in grants for ObamaCare implementation. Could this money be political bribery funds from the Obama administration?
On Capitol Hill, Rep. Dave Camp is looking into the matter. According to a report from Fox News, “Camp questioned whether the group was even eligible, describing the loan as a ‘reward’ for ‘political friends.’”
It seems that it has become a matter of routine inside the Obama administration to use ObamaCare grants to pay off friends and allies. Just look at the case of the taxpayer money sent to the Saul Alinsky-affiliated group in Wisconsin.
The last we heard from the Freelancers Union their founder and executive director Sara Horowitz was heaving praise on Occupy Wall Street movement:
It’s hard to ignore the signs: One percent of the population controls 40% of the wealth in this country. Financial institutions, after a decade of living large off riskier and riskier bets, are passing along costs to consumers. The unemployment rate for people under the age of 30 is nearly 17%. And it’s not just the poor. The Middle Class are being squeezed from every direction. Is it any wonder that people have taken to the streets to Occupy Wall Street?
We know that as a country we can’t sustain this level of inequality for much longer. In the short term, we need to update the New Deal so that the protections envisioned by FDR are realized for the Gig Economy – the 30% of our workforce who are excluded from basic worker protections and whose “jobs” last months instead of years. That means creating portable health insurance that workers can take from gig to gig and revising our unemployment system to account for the millions of people who are currently left out of it.
But in the long term, our best bet to prevent another Great Recession is to stop thinking that benefits are provided by an employer and support systems are delivered through the government. Those days are slipping away, and it’s time to completely shift our thinking. We need to come up with new, creative ways to solve these problems by coming together in what I call New Mutualism: People with shared interests cooperatively building solutions to the problems they face.
Wall Street won’t remain occupied forever. But the spirit of the protests can live on, especially if we can channel the anger, frustration, and hope on display in Zuccotti Park into new institutions that balance people, community, a living wage, and basic supports with reasonable profits.
Adam Bitely is the Editor-in-Chief of NetRightDaily.com. You can follow him on Twitter at @AdamBitely.
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What Corruption Looks Like: FCC Commissioner Takes Job At Comcast Months After She Voted To Approve Its Deal With NBC Universal
A lot of folks are shaking their heads after learning that FCC commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker is leaving her post to take a lobbying job at Comcast just a few months after she voted to approve Comcast’s massive purchase of NBC Universal. Now, let’s be clear: there’s nothing illegal in her taking this job. While she can’t lobby the FCC for two years, she can lobby Congress or other parts of the government. And, it doesn’t mean that she’s corrupt at all. But it’s this kind of move that makes people trust our government less and highlights why so many people believe that our government is corrupt.
When you have a massive revolving door, in which the people voting on important deals for companies are likely to get massive salary increases in jobs from those same companies a few months later, it’s certainly going to make plenty of people assume corruption, even if there isn’t any. So even if it’s not corruption in the classical sense, it’s hard not to see this as a form of regulatory capture. Baker’s term is up in June, but it had been expected she would be re-nominated and would stay. But, making this decision so soon after voting on such a huge deal for the FCC certainly raises some questions about when she started talking to Comcast about a job and when she even decided she was looking for a different job.
By Robert Romano – So much for Barack Obama’s vaunted transparency.
Americans for Limited Government (ALG) is appealing the Department of Labor’s refusal to turn over all documents related to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request on enforcement of 185 laws the Department is required to follow. And the organization is still waiting to hear back on key items in the request.
This is nothing new with the Obama Administration. Recently, Crossroads GPS created an online repository for pending FOIA requests with the Obama Administration, called Wikicountability.org.
This included the request that covered the Department’s implementation of an online enforcement database, which should have included prosecutions of corruption in labor unions, ALG says, but was not.
“That data should be in the database, and the question is why not,” ALG President Bill Wilson explained, saying the request was being “stonewalled” by the Department. After all, the prosecution of union corruption is a key item of the Department’s enforcement responsibilities.
He speculated on the possibility that “they don’t want that information to be public because it makes union officials look bad. It may be embarrassing, but we want those documents; the public has a right to know.”
ALG filed the FOIA request in August 2010, the first to the Office of the Secretary (OSEC), which produced no initial response. This compelled the organization to file two follow-ups to the FOIA requests: one to the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management in Feb. 2011 and the other to the Department’s Office of the Solicitor (SOL) in Mar. 2011.
ALG Counsel Nathan Mehrens explained, “We initially requested information from the Department in order to better understand how the Department is communicating its enforcement statistics through its online enforcement database.”
He added, “This database is mysteriously missing certain critical information such as the number of union officials who were prosecuted by the Department for stealing from union members.”
The follow-up to the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management again hit a stone wall. On April 18, they finally replied that “A search was conducted within the Office of the Secretary. No records were found responsive to your request.”
But then the Solicitor’s office did find responsive documents — through the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy (OASP). According to the appeal, “Based on the evidence received from OASP it is clear that senior personnel from OSEC have in their possession federal records that are responsive to Appellant’s FOIA request. As such, the assertion from OSEC that they found ‘no documents responsive’ to Appellant’s request is either incorrect or the OSEC did not perform an adequate search for responsive records to Appellant’s request.”
Either way, Mehrens said “This shows that the Department’s FOIA processing mechanisms are not working properly. It is also not the only time we’ve been told that there are no records, despite evidence to the contrary.”
This proves the Department is not living up to Obama’s vow for transparency in his Administration, when he said on Jan. 21, 2009, “Let me say it as clearly as I can: Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency.”
Mehrens explained, “This was followed up by further guidance from both the President and the Attorney General on how the government was to handle releasing information to the public in response to requests under the Freedom of Information Act.”
In that guidance the federal government was instructed to quickly turn around information requests and that it should have a bias toward disclosure and not attempt to redact information merely because of technicalities. So much for that.
In the end, it appears Obama talked the talk of transparency, but when it comes to walking the walk, is falling far short. It’s a failure of leadership.
Wilson said the Administration was “two-faced on transparency,” concluding, “This is not the kind of transparency we were promised by Obama. Based on our two years of work requesting records from the Obama Administration it appears that not everyone has received the message. It’s time for the Administration to stop stonewalling legitimate requests.”
Robert Romano is the Senior Editor of Americans for Limited Government.
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If you have been listening to any of the jackals in the Democratic party howling againsts proposed cuts you would think that disaster is looming and the Republic will fall. The truth is tens of billions could be saved by just cutting the thousands of assine programs that the government dreams up. The government funds so many silly and unneccessary programs you have to wonder if democracy is doomed. There are programs like the one at NIST that actually has a board of official tea tasters, or how about the 2 billions dollars payed out every year not to farm. Or how about $500.000 to paint a giant salmon on an Alaskan Air 737, what about the $25 billion spent annually to maintain empty federal buildings. Audits showed $34 billion worth of Department of Homeland Security contracts contained significant waste, fraud, and abuse. Another WTF program will spend $2.6 million training Chinese prostitutes to drink more responsibly on the job.
Click the link below to read about even crazier ways the federal government wastes your hard earned tax dollars
$20 million USAID grant goes to produce Pakistani Sesame Street
By Steven Nelson – The Daily Caller
As American politicians debate the possible de-funding of American public broadcasting, the U.S. government is spending big bucks to bolster entertainment in foreign countries.
USAID has dedicated $20 million to remake “Sesame Street” for Pakistani children. The four-year series will feature 78 episodes in Urdu and 56 in other local languages. The show, called “SimSim Humara,” will be set in a bustling village.
According to a report in The Guardian, the show aims to have “strong female characters and carry an implicit message of tolerance but will feature no pro-American propaganda or overt challenge to hardline religious sentiment.”
The Guardian reports that civilian foreign aid to Pakistan is at $1.5 billion a year, having been tripled by the Obama administration.
Larry Dolan, USAID’s Director of Education for Pakistan, told The Guardian, “Teaching kids early on makes them much more successful when they get to school. And this programme will have the capacity to encourage tolerance, which is so key to what we’re trying to do here.”
Dolan continued, “In terms of bang for the buck, reaching 95 million people is pretty important. This is much more than a TV programme, far more ambitious than a Sesame Street series.”
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Nancy Pelosi has always been one of the most corrupt politicians in the House of Reps, you don’t get to be speaker without mastering the circle jerk. She has for years played the payback game and passed around the tax payers dime like it was her personal slush fund. Last week while this beast was running her mouth about investigating the patriots who oppose the muslim terrorists desecrating the 911 site with there victory mosque. The real story was where she was when she starting to run her mouth. The Speaker Pelosi was speaking at a ceremony celebrating the Treasure Island land deal another crony payback to friends, family and contributors. Go read the full story it just a shining example of a Culture of Corruption.
(From the FogCity Journal)
Pelosi and her corrupt payback
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It’s easy to conclude that clients are getting their money’s worth from Platinum and friends – especially when the client is Platinum itself. TIDA has granted to Platinum the uncontested contract to be the sole developer of Treasure Island. Or, to be exact, that exclusive contract has been granted to Platinum’s new entity, Treasure Island Community Developers, with the master plan component going to Anderson’s other company, Kenwood Investments…
…Considering the grand, incestuous family that is politics, maybe it’s no surprise that Platinum’s development entity has been handed the Treasure Island bounty. Given the Pelosi and Newsom history of enthusiasm for developing the Presidio, we should hope it’s not too late to keep a close watch and short leash on Treasure Island developments. Unfortunately, this means paying attention to the entire family. That would include even the new president on the Commission on the Environment, Paul Pelosi, Jr., who is Nancy Pelosi’s son and Gavin Newsom’s cousin. As for TIDA itself, all the members are appointed by the mayor; all but one is a City Hall official.
Who else will benefit from the arrangement? Certainly Lennar Corporation will. They are a partner with Platinum’s Treasure Island Community Developers. Lennar has experience developing former military bases, and is one of the country’s largest residential housing builders.
By what could solicitously be called a coincidence, Laurence Pelosi was president of acquisitions for Lennar. He is Nancy Pelosi’s nephew, and currently works as executive director of Morgan Stanley’s real estate division…
Another Chicago boondoggle that will cost the taxpayer over $1,000,000,000 was just approved by the Obama administration Dept of Energy.
Secretary Chu Announces FutureGen 2.0
Awards $1 Billion in Recovery Act Funding for Carbon Capture and Storage Network in Illinois
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin announced the awarding of $1 billion in Recovery Act funding to the FutureGen Alliance, Ameren Energy Resources, Babcock & Wilcox, and Air Liquide Process & Costruction, Inc. to build FutureGen 2.0, a clean coal repowering program and carbon dioxide (CO2) storage network. The project partners estimate the program will bring 900 jobs to downstate Illinois and another 1,000 to suppliers across the state.
The country of Spain after spending billions on “Green Energy” recently concluded they wasted alot of money and received very little back. The government has no business funding these projects, if the project is so great then private investors will fund it. That’s how capitalism works, but since the Obama administration is devoid of capitalist they cannot grasp the concept. All this election did was transfer billions of dollars from fat cat Republican business clowns too fat cat Democrat billionaires. In the end the taxpayer still gets screwed, capitalism has been dying for years and Obama is going full throttle to wipe out what’s left. All these bailouts of the automotive and banking industry just rewarded bad business practice and drove us deeper into debt. All anybody has to do is watch the guys in congress and the whitehouse come and go from politician to lobbyist. The same cabal of scumbags in both parties sell out the taxpayer and enrich themselves with backdoor deals and behind the scene deals. So much money is involved its almost impossible to follow the money trail. True capitalism rewards innovation, hard work and good ideas while bad ideas and businessmen fail. But that’s not how the system works currently, bad business just needs to throw cash at there political buddies and the fix is in. Liberals and Democrats are so drunk with kool-aid they cannot see there being screwed just as bad or worse then before our “Dear Leader” seized power.
As with most Union organizations the leadership almost always proves to be corrupt. Time after time the characters who run most all of the major unions end up indicted. It has always amazed me how rank in file members continue to pay up hard earned money for dues while these guys live lavish lifestyles. The short term gains these unions win have cost millions of jobs and driven companies right out of the United States. The automakers are a text book study on how these labor unions have cut there own throats, the extortion has bankrupted once great American companies and left members unemployed. After WWII the U.S. was one of the few countries left not destroyed, for decades we led in manufacturing goods. Well the rest of the world grew up and can manufacture there own plains,trains & automobiles and they do it paying much lower wages. Unions can no longer expect to extort the kind of wages they have in the past for jobs others will gladly do for less. The corrupt union leadership continues to rake in the bucks while the workers are left jobless and in denial. The leader of the SEIU Service International Employees Union is a perfect example, Tyrone Freeman took home a cool $213.000 in 2007 while workers took home about $9.00 per hour. This is the norm in most large labor unions, the leadership does well regardless of the damage the do to the companies they infect. The leader of the SEIU Andrew Stern is Obama’s big buddy, he has visited the White House more then 27 times so far to extract payback for there support. Stern and Obama are doing to the taxpayer what they do to employers, screwing them. The massive growth in government union employees under Obama is going to cost the taxpayers and just add to an already bloated, corrupt and inept federal government. The long term cost in salary, perks and pensions is yet another log tossed on the bonfire created by King Obama and his fellow Democrats. These jobs and pro-union moves by the Obama administration are payback for the hundreds of millions of dollars used to buy Obama the White House. Like the union leadership ,Obama hasn’t created a single private sector job for anyone but his cronies.