“Hoover Institution research fellow Peter Schweizer is probably not a favorite on Capitol Hill these days.
His latest book, “Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, And Line Their Own Pockets,” takes Congress to task for what some might call legal corruption. Here are six examples from Schweizer’s book of how congressmen use campaign donations to enrich themselves, their families and sometimes their staff:
1.) Hiring family members to work — or “work” — for their campaign: Schweizer says 82 members of Congress did this during the 2008 and 2010 election cycles. Among his many examples, he points to former Republican Texas Rep. Ron Paul, who paid six different family members over $300,000, and Democratic Florida Rep. Alcee Hastings, who paid his girlfriend over $600,000.”
How Crazies Are Destroying Your Party New poll underscores public’s mad-as-hell attitude toward Republicans and Democrats.
“This is what happens when the two parties ruling Washington lose touch with America and pander to their crazy-extreme bases: President Obama’s competency and personality ratings are nose-diving, according to a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll; barely a sliver of the public thinks highly of the Republican Party; and two-thirds of Americans want to replace their own member of Congress. “
Via National Journal
“In 1969, the Nixon Administration cut the National Park Service budget. In response, George Hartzog, the NPS director at the time, closed all of the national parks for two days a week. The closures included prominent landmarks like the Washington Monument. Democrats and Republicans criticized Hartzog’s decision – but it was the flood of citizen complaints that led Congress to reverse its decision and restore funding (and fire Hartzog).
And thus, the term “Washington Monument Syndrome” was coined. This is an old political game that is also known as the “Mount Rushmore Syndrome” and the “firemen first principle.” The tactic involves making cuts to high-profile programs that will get the public’s attention – and tick them off enough to push them to support tax increases they would otherwise oppose.
Here’s how it works: When the government is threatened with reductions in spending, they’ll make cuts (or threaten to) in programs and services that are important to the people. It is a manipulation tactic that is designed to inflict pain, discomfort, and fear.”
Via Activist Post
“Add college loan debt to the list of racists and homophobes in the U.S., as that was just one of several suggestions that came out of a student loan panel at Generation Progress’ 2013 Make Progress Summit in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.
“We have to acknowledge that student debt is a racial justice issue, because people of color are specifically targeted for high interest rate by companies like Sallie Mae, and companies that profit from student debt have been sued for racial discrimination,” a female participant told the progressive panelists. “Also, small-town LGBTQ youth often look towards college as a way out of unsafe, hostile communities.”
And Chris Hicks, a Jobs with Justice Student Debt Campaign organizer, agreed.
“81 percent of African-American students have debt, while only 64 percent of white students do,” he said. “If we don’t lead with that, we’re missing an opportunity to make something big.””
McCain doesn’t know how many times someone can forge a passport without being charged under his immigration legislation
McCain: I Don’t Know How Many Passports We Let You Forge
” Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.), a member of the “Gang of Eight” that helped write and pass the immigration reform bill in that chamber, said he did not know how many passports a person could forge under the proposed law before being charged with a crime.
On Capitol Hill on Wednesday, CNSNews.com asked McCain, “Senator McCain, can I ask you a question about the Senate immigration bill? Under the bill, how many passports can someone forge before it becomes a crime?”
McCain said, “You’re going to have to ask our folks that, I don’t think that we stand for any forgeries.””
Via CNS News
” The Senate will vote Monday on a five-part amendment to the approximately 1,075-page immigration bill that would legalize illegal aliens and eventually allow them to become citizens of the United States. The text of the amendment has been posted on the website of the Senate Judiciary Committee–and part of it is presented in illegible handwriting scrawled across the margins of a page in the draft bill.
Click here to see a copy of the page and the proposed legislative language scrawled on it.
In his weekly address on Saturday, President Barack Obama urged Americans to contact their senators and tell them “now is the time to pass this bill”–even though it has not yet been fully presented in legible type.
The amendment was offered by Sen. Bob Corker (R.-Tenn.) and Sen. John Hoeven (R.-N.D.). The section of the amendment scrawled on the page posted by the Judiciary Committee deals with how the Federal Emergency Management Agency will allocate grants to local law enforcement agencies in border states that have to deal with the impact of illegal immigration and drug smuggling.”
Via CNS News
“Establishment politicians from both major political parties are rushing to defend the NSA and condemn whistleblower Edward Snowden. They are attempting to portray Edward Snowden as a “traitor” and the spooks over at the NSA that are snooping on all of us as “heroes”. In fact, many of the exact same politicians that once railed against government spying during the Bush years are now staunchly defending it now that Obama is in the White House. But it isn’t just Democrats that are acting shamefully. Large numbers of Republican politicians that love to give speeches about “freedom” and “liberty” are attempting to eviscerate the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The government is not supposed to invade our privacy and investigate us unless there is probable cause to do so. Apparently many of our politicians misunderstood when they read the novel 1984 by George Orwell. It wasn’t supposed to be an instruction manual. We should be thanking Edward Snowden for exposing the deep corruption that is eating away at our own government like cancer.”
Via Activist Post
“On Tuesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “The Situation Room,” South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham criticized Republican House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa for calling White House press secretary Jay Carney a “paid liar.”
Graham said the California Republican overstepped in his comments on CNN’s “State of the Union.” But he neglected his own history of questioning opponents’ honesty.
“Yeah,” Graham replied when asked by host Wolf Blitzer if Issa went too far. “He’s actually done a very good job on Benghazi and all of these issues of trying to find the truth. He’s right. Ms. Lerner didn’t take the Fifth Amendment because it was some rogue. I don’t know where this goes but it’s very disturbing that she would take the Fifth Amendment and the prior commissioner, acting commissioner, said he only went to the White House one time he could remember and that was an Easter egg hunt, and he actually went 150-something times.”
Via The Daily Caller