Readers of this blog are quite familiar with the corruption scandals involving California Democrats Maxine Waters and Laura Richardson.Other headlines:
Back in March 2009, I spotlighted Waters, her husband, and their smelly involvement with minority-owned bank called OneUnited.
And dating back to May 2008 through July 2009, this site chronicled the financial shenanigans of Richardson, who defaulted six times on her home loans and has left a trail of unpaid bills in her wake.
Well, lookee here: The House is investigating both. These probes rarely amount to anything more than wrist slaps. But “RAAAACISM” charges are inevitable before, during, and after the investigation:The House ethics committee announced Thursday it is investigating two California Democratic lawmakers, but its embarrassed leaders then had to explain that other members—named in a confidential memo that a hacker posted online—may have committed no wrongdoing.Wait, there’s more:
The committee said it is investigating whether Rep. Maxine Waters used her influence to help a bank in which her husband owned stock, and whether the couple benefited as a result. Separately, the panel is investigating whether Rep. Laura Richardson failed to disclose required information on her financial disclosure forms and received special treatment from a lender.
The Post reported that nearly half the members of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee were under scrutiny.
The previously disclosed inquiry involves lawmakers who steered appropriations to clients of a now-defunct lobbying firm and received campaign contributions from the firm and its clients.
The names included three lawmakers previously identified in the inquiry: the chairman of the defense subcommittee, Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa.; and Reps. Peter Visclosky, D-Ind., and James Moran, D-Va.
The Post said others whose names were in the report included Reps. Norm Dicks, D-Wash., Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, C.W. Bill Young, R-Fla., and Todd Tiahrt, R-Kan.
The committee, however, has not announced an investigation of any of these lawmakers.
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10 FACTS EVERY AMERICAN SHOULD KNOW ABOUT PELOSI’S 1,990 PAGE GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF HEALTH CARE - Conservative Thoughts
Members of Congress and the American people are just beginning to look at Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) 1,990-page government takeover of health care, but it’s already becoming clear just how costly and unsustainable this proposal is. From higher taxes on middle-class families to job-killing mandates on small businesses to cuts in Medicare benefits for seniors, here are 10 facts every American should know about Speaker Pelosi’s 1,990-page government takeover of health care:I like this... be sure to pass it on!!
1. RAISES TAXES ON MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES. Speaker Pelosi’s health care bill imposes a range of tax increases on families with income below $250,000, breaking a promise made by Obama.
Tax increases on middle class families include:
1) an individual mandate tax of up to 2.5 percent of income for taxpayers earning as little as $9,350;
2) repeal of a tax break on medicine purchased with funds from an HSA (health savings account);
3) limits to tax relief through FSAs (flexible spending accounts);
4) taxes on medical devices that will inevitably be passed on to consumers; and
a new tax on all insurance policies.
What if Bush had done that?
1) A four-hour stop in New Orleans, on his way to a $3 million fundraiser.
2) Snubbing the Dalai Lama.
3) Signing off on a secret deal with drug makers.
4) Freezing out a TV network.
5) Doing more fundraisers than the last president.
6) More golf, too.
President Barack Obama has done all of those things — and more.
What’s remarkable is what hasn’t happened. These episodes haven’t become metaphors for Obama’s personal and political character — or consuming controversies that sidetracked the rest of his agenda.