Tag Archive: Politicians


At $286K, Members Of Congress Earn A Lot for How Little They Accomplish

 

 

 

 

 

” Congress has just returned from a 5-week recess to a lot of unfinished business—it has yet to send even one of the 12 spending bills due on Sept. 30 to the president’s desk.

  A new report by the Taxpayers Protection Alliance and Our Generation reveals that members of Congress take home a big paycheck for meager results in Washington. At $174,000, members of Congress make more than 95 percent of American income earners. Once generous benefits are added, members’ compensation totals $286,000 per year. And at least one member of Congress argued recently even this generous compensation package wasn’t enough—that Congress also should get a housing stipend.

  Congress’s main job is to budget. But when it comes to passing annual spending bills, members of Congress have not accomplished that in full and on time since 1997. Many were hopeful Congress would use this year’s head start into the appropriations process (Congress agreed on the spending level in December 2013, instead of April 2014) to actually meet the deadlines, but such hope has long given way to resignation. There is simply not enough time left in this fiscal year. “

 

 

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Dozens Of Members Of Congress Related To Lobbyists

 

Published on Feb 18, 2014

” CNN’s Drew Griffin reports on his findings that 100 lobbyists are related to members of Congress.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The False Hope Of Government Goodness

 

 

 

Published on Jan 28, 2014

” There is no greater lie than false hope, and hope in politicians is as false as you can get. Political Hope is the ambiguous notion which convolutes and embeds itself in the irrational psyche. It causes a foggy disposition which comes over you like the most mind-altering of drugs. It is Empty promises, empty rhetoric, and a consistently inconsistent message all under the presupposition that the best way to live is to have someone else tell you how to live, what to think, and how to do it, yet it’s worse than that, because that “how” is not a suggestion – it’s a mandate !
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We’re On The Verge Of Bombing Another Country — Because A Few Conceited People Want To Feel Good About Themselves

 

 

 

” One telltale trait of narcissists is their ability only to see how their actions affect them, and not others. In the narcissist’s mind, if doing something makes him feel good, then the act is inherently good — even if it is terrible for lots of other people and makes an overall situation a whole lot worse.

This is a good way to understand the current proposal to bomb Syria.

From President Obama to British military leaders to the U.S. military planner who sculpted the attack plan, almost everyone acknowledges that sending cruise missiles into Syria will most likely not make anything better, will not stop the civil war and probably will not reduce human suffering. As the UK admits, the best (though certainly not guaranteed) chance of actually accomplishing any of those objectives is to mount a full-scale invasion.

Of course, that course of action could result in, among other things, thousands of U.S. casualties and roughly $300 billion a year in expenses. Understandably, those are costs America does not want to incur. And that’s where the narcissism comes in.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gov. Cuomo Set To Announce 25-Member Panel To Probe Corruption

 

 

 

 

” Gov. Cuomo tomorrow is set to drop his biggest hammer on the scandal-scarred state Legislature.

Cuomo is ready to follow through on his long-standing threat to create a special commission to investigate legislative corruption.

The much anticipated move comes after the Legislature failed to take up Cuomo’s anti-corruption package unveiled after a spate of scandals earlier this year led to several lawmaker arrests.

The 25-member bipartisan panel will have subpoena power and will be packed with law enforcement officials–including nearly a dozen district attorneys. Bronx DA Robert Johnson is among them, sources said.

It also will include former interim US attorney Benito Romano, who also served as chief of the corruption unit under then US Attorney Rudy Giuliani, the sources said.

The panel will be co-chaired by Nassau County DA Kathleen Rice, Syracuse District Attorney William Fitzpatrick, and Milton Williams Jr., chair of the Fund For Modern Courts.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gangs And Politicians In Chicago: An Unholy Alliance

 

 

A gang member and a politician

 

 

 

“A few months before last February’s citywide elections, Hal Baskin’s phone started ringing. And ringing. Most of the callers were candidates for Chicago City Council, seeking the kind of help Baskin was uniquely qualified to provide.

Baskin isn’t a slick campaign strategist. He’s a former gang leader and, for several decades, a community activist who now operates a neighborhood center that aims to keep kids off the streets. Baskin has deep contacts inside the South Side’s complex network of politicians, community organizations, and street gangs. as he recalls, the inquiring candidates wanted to know: “Who do I need to be talking to so I can get the gangs on board?”

Baskin—who was himself a candidate in the 16th Ward aldermanic race, which he would lose—was happy to oblige. In all, he says, he helped broker meetings between roughly 30 politicians (ten sitting aldermen and 20 candidates for City Council) and at least six gang representatives. That claim is backed up by two other community activists, Harold Davis Jr. and Kublai K. M. Toure, who worked with Baskin to arrange the meetings, and a third participant, also a community activist, who requested anonymity. The gang representatives were former chiefs who had walked away from day-to-day thug life, but they were still respected on the streets and wielded enough influence to mobilize active gang members.”

 

 

 

 

HT/ Instapundit

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prominent Celebrities and Political Figures – Including Eric Holder – Hacked, Finances Exposed

 

 

” The Los Angeles Police Department and FBI are said to be investigating an apparent hacking incident involving several celebrities and prominent political figures.

TMZ reported earlier today:

A website — we’re not disclosing the name — has posted social security numbers, mortgage amounts, credit card info, car loans, banking and other info of major celebs.  In addition to Beyonce and Jay-Z … the site has snagged financial dossiers of Kim Kardashian, Paris HiltonMel GibsonAshton KutcherJoe BidenRobert Mueller, Hillary Clinton, Eric Holder and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck.” “

 

 

 

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Adam Carolla’s Epic F-Bomb Laced Tirade against HuffPo & Mainstream Media

 

 

 

 

” This video clip explains itself. All one can do is sit back in admiration as alternative radio talk show host Adam Carolla steers his ‘pirate ship’ into enemy waters.”

 

 

The Looking Spoon

 

@ProjectVeritas_ Journalists, Politicians Refuse to Post Lawn Sign saying “HOME IS PROUDLY GUN FREE”

 

 

 

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“One of the Biggest and Most Elaborate Falsehoods Ever Sold to the American Pubic” (The Bank Bailouts)

 

 

 

” One thing, which I wish Taibbi had emphasized more is that it looks increasingly like credit would not have “seized up” across the board, for very long anyway had the big banks been allowed to fail. The mid-sized banks and the community banks, which lacked exposure to much in the way of toxic assets (because they sold them off to the big banks which then folded them into Mortgage Backed Securities) would have survived. It would have been bumpy but well run banks just outside of big bank status, BB&T for instance, would have filled in the space.

The bailout was, as David Stockman says, a Wall Street crisis. The bankers all freaked out when their bets turned terrible, and then played the information leverage game with Washington to get the tax payers to pay for their mistakes. They basically said that the entire economy was going down (it wasn’t) and therefore an unprecedented abandonment of what was left of our market based economy was justified. It was a giant con. “

 

 

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D.C. Watches More Pornography Than Any State

 

 

 

” D.C. residents watch nearly twice as much online porn as people in any of the 50 states — 14.18 videos per person per year, according to the adult site PornHub.com.

Web-analyst Alexa ranks PornHub the most popular porn site in the U.S., suggesting the numbers are drawn from a fairly large sample. The list of porn-hungry states also includes Hawai (7.57 videos per year), Massachusetts (7.52) and New York (7.5). Marylanders watch an average of 6.67 videos per year, which puts them in ninth place. “

 

 

… Random Thoughts

 

 

 

” The annual outbursts of intolerance toward any display of traditional Christmas scenes, or even daring to call a Christmas tree by its name, show that today’s liberals are by no means liberal. Behind the mist of their lofty words, the totalitarian mindset shows through.

If you don’t want to have a gun in your home or in your school, that’s your choice. But don’t be such a damn fool as to advertise to the whole world that you are in “a gun-free environment” where you are a helpless target for any homicidal fiend who is armed. Is it worth a human life to be a politically correct moral exhibitionist?

The more I study the history of intellectuals, the more they seem like a wrecking crew, dismantling civilization bit by bit — replacing what works with what sounds good.”

 

 

 

 

 ‘I Know The Urge To Arm Yourself Because That’s What I Did’

 

 

 

Feinstein

 

 

“I know the sense of helplessness that people feel. I know the urge to arm yourself because that’s what I did. I was trained in firearms. I walked to the hospital when my husband was sick. I carried a concealed weapon and I made the determination if somebody was going to try and take me out, I was going to take them with me.”

 

 

And Harry Reid 

 

harry reid

 

 

 

” We hear a lot about guns and self-defense and that’s good, I understand that. I was a police officer where I carried a gun and as some of you know during my time being Chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission, I had a lot of bad people after me and I carried a gun every place I went. So I know what a gun and self-defense is.”

 

 

PANETTA: TROOP PAY MAY BE ON THE TABLE IN FUTURE BUDGET CUTS

 

How About Czar’s Pay ? If we are talking bloat here , then let’s start with politicians , bureaucrats and administrators before we think of cutting the pay of the one branch of government that is truly justified .

And remind us again how many aides Michelle has .

 

 

 

 

” Panetta said there were four areas he looked at when trying to achieve savings: efficiencies; force structure reductions, or decreasing total troop strength; procurement reforms; and, perhaps most controversially, compensation.

Troop pay was not directly affected by the Budget Control Act reductions, but if Panetta was laying out a road map for future cuts, as he appeared to be doing, it may not be spared for long.

“Everything has to be looked at if you’re serious about achieving the kind of savings that we need to achieve to address the budget deficit,” Panetta said, adding that he faced a $50 million healthcare bill at the Defense Department and that pay rates had grown significantly in recent years.

Still, military pay seems a strange place to start cutting. While troops do have a robust benefits package during service, pay can be barebones, starting at roughly $1,500 per month for junior enlisted service members. Cuts or cost increases to veterans’ healthcare are also a sore spot, as fee increases in the current defense budget bill have left some retirees feeling let down by the military. “

Gifts For Friends

 

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What’s Wrong With This picture ?

 

Salary of retired US Presidents ………….$180,000 FOR LIFE
Salary of House/Senate …………………..$174,000 FOR LIFE
Salary of Speaker of the House …………$223,500 FOR LIFE
Salary of Majority/Minority Leaders …… $193,400 FOR LIFE
Average Salary of a teacher ……………. $40,065
Average Salary of Soldier DEPLOYED IN AFGHANISTAN $38,000
I think we found where the cuts should be made!

“The War on Children”

  ”  If you think Barbara Boxer’s right about General Romney’s war on woman, feel free to waste
your vote. But what else is likely to happen between now and the next time you cast a presidential ballot? We’ve rehearsed the fiscal stuff in this space before: China becoming the world’s biggest economy, another American downgrade, total U.S. liabilities equivalent to about three times the entire planet’s GDP. A “non-partisan” Pew Research study says the American middle class faces its “worst decade in
modern history” — and the first bump down starts on January 1: The equally “non-partisan”
Congressional Budget Office now says that the tax and budget changes due to take effect at the
beginning of 2013 will put the country back in recession and increase unemployment. This is a
revision of their prediction earlier this year that in 2013 the economy would contract by 1.3 percent. Now they say 2.9 percent. These days, CBO revisions only go one way — down. They’re gonna need steeper graph paper. In a global
economy, atrophy goes around like syphilis in the Gay Nineties: A moribund U.S. economy further mires Europe, and both slow growth in China, which means fewer orders for resource-
rich nations. . . . Four wheels spinning in the mud, and none with a firm-enough grip to pull the vehicle back on to solid ground.”

A National Wall of Shame

  “What we need is a National Wall of Shame. A distinguished group of citizens, led perhaps by General Stan McChrystal, would serve as the
“admissions committee.” $25 million would be allocated for the acquisition of the site and the
construction of the wall itself. And on that wall would go the names of those whose actions brought disgrace upon the United States of
America.”

HT/Instapundit

  “There’s a vicious cycle in America: politicians make up onerous laws and regulations, and lawyers get rich exploiting them. But the
situation is even worse when the politicians are the lawyers — or in other words, the Democratic Party.

“American Aurora”

New York Sun on the usual blame bandwagon that follows evilness in America and the average citizen’s higher sense of reason .

 

” Details of this crime were still coming over the wires when statements and editorials started calling for the weakening of the Bill of Rights. Some want to impose new ratings codes, or worse, to deal with Hollywood’s penchant for violence and gore. Others are blaming the violence on the separation of church and state that has permitted the rise of a strong streak of secularism in America. Still others are reacting to the killings at Aurora with calls to weaken the Second Amendment, which protects the right to keep and bear arms. Mayor Bloomberg and the Times jumped right in on this. The Daily News actually asserted that, because President Obama and Governor Romney have shown some deference to the Second Amendment, they were standing at the killer’s side “as he sprayed bullets and buckshot into a crowded movie theater”

Charles C W Cooke offers this must-read piece in NRO .

“What happened in Colorado in the early hours of this morning was not a “tragedy” but a willful act of mass murder. Beyond his age, name, and ethnicity, nobody yet knows who the shooter is, or why he chose to do what he did. In my view, this is a blessing, albeit a temporary one; for, as.has been the way in recent years, once his partyregistration, television-viewing habits, and random scribblings become known to the public,
all sorts of hysterical speculation and unlettered accusations will burst forth.

  Whole groups will be vilified, blame will be apportioned to those many times removed, and the shooter will be partially absolved of blame by those who prefer to see fault in video games or talk radio or political rhetoric or anything else
that can be conscripted to explain why terrible things happen to good people. “

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