The Other Obama Scandals
““He’s a man of high integrity who has run a very
clean Administration,” declared David Brooks on PBS
NewsHour November 7, as quoted at The Daily Caller.
“There have been no scandals. And the rate of scandals plaguing second terms is extremely high. I
think he’s less prone to that.” Apparently still blinded by “the crease in Obama’s
pant,” self-confessed “Obama sap” Brooks and his
compatriots have ignored the defining story of the
Obama era: that this Regime is one of the most corrupt in American history. The shameful behavior of
the Administration before, during, and after the
Benghazi terror murder of our Ambassador to Libya
and three other Americans remains virtually unacknowledged and unexamined by Brooks and his ilk.
They literally shrug at Benghazi death and deceit,
telling us to “give it a rest.” After all, as
Democrat Communications Director Brad Woodhouse put
it: “We won.” Benghazi is a rare instance (along with Fast &
Furious) of Obama malfeasance getting past the
media gatekeepers, despite the White House stenographers’ imposition of media silence. But there are
many scandals that have gone virtually unreported —
any one of which would dominate news coverage 24/7
in a Republican Administration. The truth is, the
Obama White House is a swamp of lies, fraud, graft,
and lawlessness. They’ve been protected by Obama’s
corrupt Dept. of Justice, with an equally corrupt
media partnering in the coverups:
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. “ICD 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 , 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.
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.”