Friday, 05 September 2008

HOW SARAH PALIN CLEANED UP ALASKAN POLITICS

Ken Berwitz

Over the past week we have heard a lot about Sarah Palin being a whistle-blower and corruption fighter.  But not everyone knows the specifics.  And that's too bad, because they are actually inspiring to anyone who cares about honest government.

Here, courtesy of Kimberley A. Strassel writing for the Wall Street Journal, is how she did it:

How Palin Beat Alaska's Establishment
September 5, 2008; Page A13

If you've read the press coverage of Sarah Palin, chances are you've heard plenty about her religious views and private family matters. If you want to know what drives Gov. Palin's politics, and has intrigued America, read this.

[Potomac Watch]
Martin Kozlowski

Every state has its share of crony capitalism, but Big Oil and the GOP political machine have taken that term to new heights in Alaska. The oil industry, which provides 85% of state revenues, has strived to own the government. Alaska's politiciansin particular ruling Republicansroll in oil campaign money, lavish oil revenue on pet projects, then retire to lucrative oil jobs where they lobby for sweetheart oil deals. You can love the free market and not love this.

Alaskans have long resented this dysfunction, which has led to embarrassing corruption scandals. It has also led to a uniform belief that the political class, in hock to the oil class, fails to competently oversee Alaska's vast oil and gas wealth, the majority of which belongs to the stateor rather, Alaskan citizens.

And so it came as no surprise in 2004 when former Republican Gov. Frank Murkowski made clear he'd be working exclusively with three North Slope producersExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips and BPto build a $25 billion pipeline to move natural gas to the lower 48. The trio had informed their political vassals that they alone would build this project (they weren't selling their gas to outsiders) and that they expected the state to reward them. Mr. Murkowski disappeared into smoky backrooms to work out the details. He refused to release information on the negotiations. When Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Irwin suggested terms of the contract were illegal, he was fired.

What Mr. Murkowski did do publicly was instruct his statehouse to change the oil and gas tax structure (taxes being a primary way Alaskans realize their oil revenue). Later, citizens would discover this was groundwork for Mr. Murkowski's pipeline contractwhich would lock in that oil-requested tax package for up to 40 years, provide a $4 billion state investment, and relinquish most oversight.

Enter Mrs. Palin. The former mayor of Wasilla had been appointed by Mr. Murkowski in 2003 to the state oil and gas regulatory agency. She'd had the temerity to blow the whistle on fellow GOP Commissioner Randy Ruedrich for refusing to disclose energy dealings. Mr. Murkowski and GOP Attorney General Gregg Renkes closed ranks around Mr. Ruedrichwho also chaired the state GOP. Mrs. Palin resigned. Having thus offended the entire old boy network, she challenged the governor for his seat.

Mrs. Palin ran against the secret deal, and vowed to put the pipeline back out for competitive, transparent, bidding. She railed against cozy politics. Mr. Murkowski ran on his unpopular pipeline deal. The oil industry warned the state would never get its project without his leadership. Mrs. Palin walloped him in the primary and won office in late 2006. Around this time, news broke of a federal probe that would show oil executives had bribed lawmakers to support the Murkowski tax changes.

Among Mrs. Palin's first acts was to reinstate Mr. Irwin. By February 2007 she'd released her requirements for pipeline bidding. They were stricter, and included only a $500 million state incentive. By May a cowed state housereeling from scandalpassed her legislation.

The producers warned they would not bid, nor would anyone else. Five groups submitted proposals. A few months before the legislature awarded its license to TransCanada this July, Conoco and BP suddenly announced they'd be building their own pipeline with no state inducements whatsoever. They'd suddenly found the money.

Mrs. Palin has meanwhile passed an ethics law. She's tightened up oil oversight. She forced the legislature to rewrite the oil tax law. That new law raised taxes on the industry, for which Mrs. Palin is now taking some knocks, but the political background here is crucial.

The GOP machine has crumbled. Attorney General Renkes resigned. Mr. Ruedrich was fined $12,000. Jim ClarkMr. Murkowski's lead pipeline negotiatorpleaded guilty to conspiring with an oil firm. At least three legislators have been convicted. Sen. Ted Stevens is under indictment for oil entanglements, while Rep. Don Young is under investigation.

Throughout it all, Mrs. Palin has stood for reform, though not populism. She thanks oil companies and says executives who "seek maximum revenue" are "simply doing their job." She says her own job is to be a "savvy" negotiator on behalf of Alaska's citizens and to provide credible oversight. It is this combination that lets her aggressively promote new energy while retaining public trust.

Today's congressional Republicans could learn from this. The party has been plagued by earmarks, scandal and corruption. Most members have embraced the machine. That has diminished voters' trust, and in the process diminished good, conservative ideas. It is no wonder 37 million people tuned in to Mrs. Palin's convention speech. They are looking for something fresh.

If you like the Washington D.C. culture that Joe Biden has lived within for the past 36 years, then vote Obama-Biden and send Sarah Palin back to Juneau. 

But if this is the kind of person you want keeping an eye on free-spending Washington D.C. politicians?  Send her to Washington D.C. 

Your choice.


JOE BIDEN'S BIG MOUTH (A CONTINUING SAGA)

Ken Berwitz

"I have a BIIIIIIIIIIIGGG  MOOOUUUTTTH":  Jackie Gleason in several episodes of "The Honeymooners"

Personally I like Joe Biden.  I think there is an air of genuineness about him.  And I greatly respect and admire the way he held his family together through tragedy.  I'm betting he'd make a great neighbor, one you could count on if you had a problem and one you would be happy to help out if the situation were reversed.

But Mr. Biden has a problem that is going to hurt the Obama/Biden ticket in this race.  He has a big mouth. 

Jackie Gleason got gales of laughter from that line, which he delivered at the top of his lungs with his mouth opened as wide as he could get it.  Joe Biden's big mouth does not elicit laughter, it makes people cringe. 

Here is the latest example, courtesy of the New York Post:

JOE BIDENS MOONBAT MOMENT

Posted: 4:28 am
September 5, 2008

Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden was backtracking big-time yesterday over suggestions that an Obama-Biden administration might someday bring criminal charges against President Bush.

"I don't know where that report is coming from," said the Delaware senator.

Why, from Joe Biden is where.

Speaking in Deerfield Beach, Fla., this week, he was asked whether "you guys are going to pursue the violations that have been made against our Constitution by the present administration."

Biden's reply: "Yes."

He then added, "We will not be 'estopped' from pursuing any criminal offenses that occurred" during the Bush years. "If there has been a basis upon which you can pursue someone for a criminal violation, they will be pursued."

Correcting for Biden's bizarre speaking style, this sounds pretty clear-cut: Bush-Cheney are looking at hard time.

What about Obama?

Last April, when asked about investigating "high crimes in the White House," he said he would "have my justice Department and my attorney general immediately review the information that's already there and to find out if there are inquiries that need to be pursued."

In other words, maybe.

Whether either man really means it, or whether they're trying to keep their party's moonbat base happy, isn't clear.

So let us be clear here.

We know that the loony left has been aching for a Bush-Cheney frog-march into the jailhouse since Jan. 20, 2001.

But criminalizing policy differences - which is what Obama-Biden seems to be talking about it - is how they conduct politics in Third World banana republics.

Jail to the chief?

Why not just promise to line up the outgoing administration against a wall and start shooting?

Biden needs to watch his mouth.

Obama, too.

Strong words from the Post.  But who provided the opening?  Joe Biden did, by flipping out a threat and then either lying about it or forgetting he said it (it's got to be one of the two).

After decades of shooting from the lip and wishing he hadn't, I don't believe Joe Biden can change what he is.  But is it not obvious that a propensity for blurting out comments he has to then run away from is a problem for the Barack/Biden ticket? 

What if Mr. Biden makes some caustic reference to Sarah Palin's motherhood or her pregnant daughter or her small town, working class upbringing?  Would the ticket be able to dig out from something like that?

If I were Barack Obama I would be cringing at the thought.

free "What if Mr. Biden makes some caustic reference to Sarah Palin's motherhood or her pregnant daughter or her small town, working class upbringing? Would the ticket be able to dig out from something like that?" I am sure the media will give them as much cover as possible. (09/05/08)

mc Mark my word, Joe Biden's big mouth will ruin the election for them. (09/09/08)


OPRAH DECIDES TO BE NO-PRAH

Ken Berwitz

From today's www.drudgereport.com:




BIG DILEMMA: OPRAH BALKS AT HOSTING SARAH PALIN; STAFF DIVIDED
Fri Sep 05 2008 08:55:46 ET

Oprah Winfrey may have introduced Democrat Barack Obama to the women of America -- but the talkshow queen is not rushing to embrace the first woman on a Republican presidential ticket!

Oprah's staff is sharply divided on the merits of booking Sarah Palin, sources tell the DRUDGE REPORT.

"Half of her staff really wants Sarah Palin on," an insider explains. "Oprah's website is getting tons of requests to put her on, but Oprah and a couple of her top people are adamantly against it because of Obama."

One executive close to Winfrey is warning any Palin ban could ignite a dramatic backlash!

It is not clear if Oprah has softened her position after watching Palin's historic convention speech.

Last year, Winfrey blocked an appearance by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, timed to a promotional tour of his autobiography.

Oprah and executive producer Sheri Salata, who has contributed thousands of dollars to Obama's campaign, refused requests for comment.

Developing...

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If this is true, Oprah is again demonstrating that she learned nothing from the Rosie O'Donnell fiasco.  O'Donnell's top-rated show sank like the Titanic when she decided that her partisan political and social views were more important than entertaining and informing her audience.

Too bad.  I like Oprah Winfrey a lot.  It's sad to see her become ridiculous, and worse that she's doing it to herself.

im-palin-ed I think Oprah should agree to book Sarah Palin if the Republican Vice Presidential candidate agrees to share the couch with reporters from the major networks. It'd probably be the only chance anyone has to interview her between now and election day. (09/06/08)


WHOOPI JOINS OPRAH AGAINST SARAH

Ken Berwitz

If you think Oprah Winfrey is the only daytime personality with Palin Derangement Syndrome (PDS) try this on for size.  It comes to us from Tim Graham, writing for www.newsbusters.org:

Whoopi Goldberg: Palin Sounds Pro-Nazi, Wants to 'Succeed' From U.S.

Who let Whoopi Goldberg blog without an editor? In her Wow-O-Wow blog post titled "Sarah Palin Is a Very Dangerous Woman," she lobs a wild pitch about the Alaskan Independence Party kerfuffle: "I also thought that this idea of America first coming from her was kind of strange because she was one of the people who wanted to succeed from the United States. She was part of a campaign to succeed Alaska from the United States of America." Wheres the editor to say "Sorry, dear, don't you mean secede?"

Whoopis article concluded by suggesting Gov. Palin's  speech reminded her of a German-American Nazi rally: "This girl is dangerous to me. This is a very dangerous woman, because I believe for her intents and purposes, shes OK if everybody lives a certain way, that is to say, the way God ordained men and women to be. Well, already shes breaking that because shes the daddy. Shes going to run the country and the husband is going to take care of the kids. I just found the whole thing sad and very musty and very much like a Bund rally, but maybe that was just me."

The rest of the post was more predictable, with Whoopi associating conservative rhetoric with meanness and snideness:

I thought the speech in its body was energizing for Republicans, as I said, and sent them the message they wanted to hear, but what I heard was a lot of meanness and snideness and some inaccuracies and some dismissive talk to community organizers and other peoples adversities. She sort of mentioned the idea after Rudolph Giuliani did and Rudolph Giuliani is a bonehead to start with, but thats neither here nor there but I thought once she began her discussion about community organizers and that they dont have real responsibilities I guess I cant say I dont know where shes been living, because shes been living in Alaska and maybe they dont have community organizers there but they do in Chicago. Anyone who leaves their gig from school and goes to the people who most need help, that seems to me an admirable American way of thinking.

Anyone who is into prejudice and hatred must be beaming over Ms. Goldberg's comments.  And then we have Ms. Winfrey who (this is an update from earlier today when it was in doubt) now says that she will not invite Sarah Palin to be a guest on her show during the election.  

Don't Goldberg and Winfrey claim to be against behavior of this kind?

As Walt Kelly's classic comic strip character Pogo once said, "We have met the enemy and he is us"


CHICAGO VERSUS IRAQ: A LITTLE PERSPECTIVE FOR YOU

Ken Berwitz

Here's a statistic you won't see in the Obama campaign literature.  It's from CBS News's Chicago affiliate:

Nearly 125 Shot Dead In Chicago Over Summer

Total Is About Double The Death Toll In Iraq

CHICAGO (CBS) ― An estimated 123 people were shot and killed over the summer. That's nearly double the number of soldiers killed in Iraq over the same time period.

In May, cbs2chicago.com began tracking city shootings and posting them on Google maps. Information compiled from our reporters, wire service reports and the Chicago Police Major Incidents log indicated that 123 people were shot and killed throughout the city between the start of Memorial Day weekend on May 26, and the end of Labor Day on Sept. 1.

According to the Defense Department, 65 soldiers were killed in combat in Iraq. About the same number were killed in Afghanistan over that same period.

 In the same time period, an estimated 245 people were shot and wounded in the city.

Using the Obama model he promoted for Iraq, it seems to me that all residents of Chicago should be withdrawn from the city in 16 months.

Hmmm, maybe that won't be in his campaign literature either.  What do you think?


CHARLES RANGEL

Ken Berwitz

Charles Rangel is a 19 term (soon to be 20 term I assure you) Democratic congressperson from the 15th district in New York.  In 1970, as an idealistic young lawyer, Mr. Rangel won the seat from a legend - Adam Clayton Powell - by attacking his corruption and his irrational behavior.

Well look at what Rangel has become.

Here is the beginning of today's front page article in the New York Times:

Rangel Failed to Report $75,000 in Income

Published: September 5, 2008

Representative Charles B. Rangel has earned more than $75,000 in rental income from a villa he has owned in the Dominican Republic since 1988, but never reported it on his federal or state tax returns, according to a lawyer for the congressman and documents from the resort.

David Kocieniewski/The New York Times

Mr. Rangels three-bedroom villa at the Punta Cana Resort and Club in the Dominican Republic.

Mr. Rangel, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, which writes the federal tax code, bought the beachfront villa at the Punta Cana Yacht Club and has received twice-yearly payments from the resort, which rents the property for $500 or more per night.

Records from the development, now called the Punta Cana Resort and Club, indicated that Mr. Rangels rental profits varied from year to year, from $2,700 in 2004 to $7,600 in 1994.

A lawyer for Mr. Rangel, Lanny Davis, said on Thursday that the congressman would most likely file amendments to his tax returns for the years in question.

First off, let's note what we always note when the miscreant is a Democrat.  NO PARTY AFFILIATION IS MENTIONED.

If this were a Republican you would know it in the first paragraph.  You always do.

Ok, now let's remember that this revelation is on the heels of finding out, just a couple of months ago, that Mr. Rangel has four apartments in a rent controlled building which he is using as campaign headquarters -- when it is illegal to have any of them unless it is the tenant's primary residence.  That is a blatant, intentional disregard of the law.

We can go into a recitation of Mr. Rangel's bizarre behavior as a congressperson in recent years, including his bills to reinstate the draft (that's right, Democrat Rangel, not Republican anyone, is the only person to have proposed this), which he then voted against himself since the bill was nothing other than grotesque political theater, performed using the time and resources that were supposed to be for his congressional responsibilities.

And we can lament the fact that Rangel was a co-founder of the congressional Black caucus, which is an overtly racist organization.

But why bother?  Mr. Rangel is 78 years old and there isn't any 1970 version of what Rangel used to be to challenge him.  Nope, Rangel is there until he feels like leaving and nothing short of a jailable offense has any chance of changing it (I'm not even sure that would).

What we can do, however, is remember that in a Democratic house this corrupt, increasingly irrational disgrace is the chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. 

If you're troubled by this, maybe it's worth remembering in November.

Al Ken--let's see him wrangle out of this one. (09/05/08)


THE OBAMA BUNDLERS CRASH MCCAIN'S SPEECH

Ken Berwitz

Same old same old.

Here, with pictures, is a reality check from www.sweetness-light.com:

Some Street Organizers At Work - Code Pink

September 5th, 2008

From the wire services:

A protester interrupts a speech by Republican presidential nominee ...

A protester interrupts a speech by Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain at the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota September 4, 2008.

Attendees subdue a Code Pink protester during day four of the ...

Attendees subdue a Code Pink protester during day four of the Republican National Convention at the Xcel Energy Center, on September 4, in St. Paul, Minnesota.

A member of 'Code Pink' is removed from the Republican National ...

A member of Code Pink is removed from the Republican National Convention as another continues to attempt to disrupt the speech of Republican vice presidential candidate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, at the Exel Convention Center in St. Paul, Minn., Wednesday night, Sept. 3, 2008.

An unidentified protester disrupts the speech by Republican ...

An unidentified protester disrupts the speech by Republican vice presidential candidate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, during the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008.

An unidentified protester with Code Pink is seen during the ...

An unidentified protester with Code Pink is seen during the speech of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008.

A member of 'Code Pink' is removed from the Republican National ...

A member of Code Pink is removed from the Republican National Convention after she attempted to disrupt the speech of Republican vice presidential candidate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, at the Exel Convention Center in St. Paul, Minn., Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008.

A member of 'Code Pink' is removed from the Republican National ...

A member of Code Pink is removed from the Republican National Convention after she attempted to disrupt the speech of Republican vice presidential candidate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, at the Exel Convention Center in St. Paul, Minn., Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008.

A protester is escorted out of the hall as Republican vice presidential ...

A protester is escorted out of the hall as Republican vice presidential nominee,Alaska Governor Sarah Palin speaks at the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota September 3, 2008.

A protester is escorted out of the hall as Republican vice presidential ...

A protester is escorted out of the hall as Republican vice presidential nominee Alaska Governor Sarah Palin speaks at the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota September 3, 2008.

A law enforcement official places his hand over the mouth of ...

A law enforcement official places his hand over the mouth of an anti-war protester from the Code Pink group as she is escorted out of the hall during Republican vice presidential candidate Alaska Governor Sarah Palins speech to the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota, September 3, 2008.

Notice that even when our watchdog media deign to identify the protesters as members of Code Pink, they still insist on not listing their names.

So that the impression is given that they are a large movement with countless unnamed members.

All the women in the photos are long since well known to the media. Especially (paid Chavez agent) Medea (Sally) Benjamin and (top Obama bundler) Jodie Evans.

But as usual the media hides that information.

Also, as we have noted previously, during televised sports programs, they never show the freaks who run out on the field, to discourage copycats.

So why did the networks dwell so lovingly upon these miscreants?

Truer words were never spoken. 

The SAME FEW OBNOXIOUS LUNATICS from Code Pink every time.  Are there more than a half dozen active members in this "group"?  Why don't we ever see them?  But media make sure to provide free publicity every time.

And how nice of the media to decline mentioning that these two "women" are friends of our enemies and fundraisers for Barack Obama.

If a right wing activist who worked for a dictatorship started screaming during Barack Obama's speech, is there any doubt that media would mention both the name and the affiliations?

Think about it.


IF YOU ASK, SOMETIMES YOU GET AN ANSWER

Ken Berwitz

What a classic moment just now on the Today show.

Meredith Viera was interviewing John McCain's campaign manager, Steve Schmidt.  She asked very tough questions but gave him a chance to answer without breaking in.  All in all a very good interview.

But, within that interview Ms. Viera asked why the candidates' speeches were critical of the press.

Mr. Schmidt answered (this is not verbatim, but it's close) by saying "when an anchor at your network says Sarah Palin shouldn't run for vice president because she has a child with Down's Syndrome we're compelled to say something about it".

Well, Ms. Viera asked.  And she got her answer, didn't she.

Do I have to tell you there was no follow-up question on that subject?


BARACK OBAMA AS A "COMMUNITY ORGANIZER"

Ken Berwitz

I bet you don't have any idea of what a "community organizer" does.  But Barack Obama features his time as a "community organizer" when he tries to con people into thinking he is in some way qualified to be the President of the United States.

Here is Michelle Malkin's column on Obama's "community organizing" --- which blows it straight out of the water and exposes what he really was doing:

Explaining the community organizer joke to the outraged Left

By Michelle Malkin    September 5, 2008 09:23 AM

One of the best moments of Wednesdays GOP convention and there were many was Rudy Giulianis jab at Barack Obamas days as a community organizer. The follow-up from Gov. Sarah Palin was icing on the cake.

On cue, Team Obama and its satellites in the blogosphere reacted with ginned-up outrage. The Obama camp sent not one, but two, missives to its worshipers claiming grave offense and asking for donations to help fight the meanie Republicans. Kos posted an e-mailing likening Obama to the community organizer Jesus and Palin to Pontius Pilate. And the Atlantic suggested it wasRACIST!

My second syndicated column of the week patiently explains the joke the Left doesnt seem to get. Adding to the punchline: After I filed my column yesterday afternoon, ACORN issued a press release condemning the condescending attacks on all the good-hearted community organizers like them.

Laughing out loud.

(**Check this out: Obamas leftist claptrap on community organizing.**)

More fun: Here and here.

Plus: Hey, guess who else was a community organizer? And guess who wasnt so fond of community organizing after all?

***

Why Obamas community organizer days are a joke
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2008

Rudy Giuliani had me in stitches during his red-meat keynote address at the GOP convention. I laughed out loud when Giuliani laughed out loud while noting Barack Obamas deep experience as a community organizer. I laughed again when VP nominee and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin cracked: I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a community organizer, except that you have actual responsibilities.

Team Obama was not amused. (Neither were the snarky left-wingers on cable TV who are now allergic to sarcasm.) They dont get why we snicker when Obama dons his Community Organizer cape. Apparently, the jibes rendered Obamas advisers sleepless. In a crack-of-dawn e-mail to Obamas followers hours after Giuliani and Palin spoke, campaign manager David Plouffe attempted to gin up faux outrage (and, more importantly, donations) by claiming grave offense on the part of community organizers everywhere. Fumed Plouffe:

Both Rudy Giuliani and Sarah Palin specifically mocked Baracks experience as a community organizer on the South Side of Chicago more than two decades ago, where he worked with people who had lost jobs and been left behind when the local steel plants closed. Lets clarify something for them right now. Community organizing is how ordinary people respond to out-of-touch politicians and their failed policies.

Let me clarify something. Nobody is mocking community organizers in church basements and community centers across the country working to improve their neighbors lives. What deserves ridicule is the notion that Barack Obamas brief stint as a South Side rabble-rouser for tax-subsidized, partisan non-profits qualifies as executive experience you can believe in.

What deserves derision is community organizing that relies of a community of homeless people and ex-cons to organize for the purpose of registering dead people and shaking down corporations and using the race card as a bludgeon.

As Ive reported previously, Obamas community organizing days revolved around training grievance-mongers from the far left group ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now). The ACORN mob is infamous for its bully tactics (which they dub direct actions); Obama supporters have recounted his role in organizing an ambush of a government planning meeting on a landfill project opposed by Chicago minority lobbies.

With benefactors like Obama in office, ACORN has milked nearly four decades of government subsidies to prop up chapters that promote the welfare state, undermine the free market, and perpetuate illegal immigration and voter fraud. Since I last detailed ACORNs illicit activities in this column in June (see The ACORN Obama knows, June 19, 2008), the group continues to garner scrutiny of law enforcement:

Last week, Milwaukees top election official announced plans to seek criminal investigations of 37 ACORN employees accused of offering gifts to sign up voters (including pre-paid gas cards and restaurant cards) or falsifying drivers license numbers, Social Security numbers or other information on voter registration cards.

Last month, a New Mexico TV station reported on child rapists, drug offenders, and forgery convicts on ACORNs payroll. In July, Pennsylvania investigators asked the public for help in locating a fugitive named Luis R. Torres-Serrano, who is accused of submitting more than 100 fraudulent voter registration forms he collected on behalf of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now to county election officials. Also in July, a massive, nearly-$1 million embezzlement scheme by top ACORN officials was exposed.

ACORNs political arm endorsed Obama in February and has ramped up efforts to sign up voters across the country. In the meantime, completely ignored by the mainstream commentariat and clean-election crusaders, the Obama campaign admitted failing to report $800,000 in campaign payments to ACORN. They were disguised as payments to a front group called Citizen Services, Inc. for advance work.

Jim Terry, an official from the Consumer Rights League, a watchdog group that monitors ACORN, noted: ACORN has a long and sordid history of employing convoluted Enron-style accounting to illegally use taxpayer funds for their own political gain. Now it looks like ACORN is using the same type of convoluted accounting scheme for Obamas political gain. With a wave of his magic wand, Obama changed his FEC forms to change the advance work to get-out-the-vote work.

Now, dont you dare challenge his commitment to following tax and election laws. And dont you even think of entertaining the possibility that The One exploited a non-profit supposedly focused on helping low-income people for political gain.

He was just organizing his community. Guffaw.

So tell me:  how come mainstream media have not delved into this part of Barack Obama's rsum?  Isn't it of some interest to know what he did and who he did it for? 

Aren't these the same media which spent all that time and effort trying to find a way of proving that George Bush missed a few national guard meetings 35 years before -- after sneering that his national guard years didn't mean a thing anyway?  Was that more important than Barack Obama's "community organizing", which he features as some kind of accomplishment? 

Just how many free passes does Barack Obama get?  Is there some outer number he has to worry about?  Maybe in the 10,000,000,000 range?


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