Your Sestak-Obama Path of Bribery To The Bottom Update

100518_sestak_thumbs_up_rtrs_328California Representative Darrell Issa (R) is going to do something about career criminal Joe Sestak and his bootlegging crony, Barack Obama. In fact, Issa wants a special council in congress to investigate the blatant criminality that took place when the White House may have offered Sestak a job, months ago. Issa reportedly tells anyone who’ll listen: “The attorney general’s refusal to take action in the face of such felonious allegations undermines any claim to transparency and integrity that this administration asserts.”

And, in the pile-on that has been the president’s last month or so in office, all the usual mouthpieces are having a field day calling for the scalps of those involved. We’ve spoken a little of that before. But it’s getting worse. Even Democrats, and those close to Obama, are jumping in if merely to get the damned nontroversy over with.

Dick Durbin (D-IL): “At some point, I think Congressman Sestak needs to make it clear what happened.”

Issa: “I think it brings back the whole Nixonian question of: It’s not about what was done wrong, it’s about the cover-up…And right now there’s a cover-up going on at the White House.”

RNC Chair Michael Steele: “You can dance around that pinhead all day long, the fact of the matter is you’re going to get stuck by it…Is the congressman lying about what he’s saying? Well, he’s been repeating it all over the networks, so clearly there’s a discrepancy between his events and what he’s seen and what the White House saw or heard in those meetings.”

Now the people that don’t matter, unless you’re one of those insane people who spend their afternoon-into-nights-into-wee-morning-hours plopped in front of the paranoia porn festival that is Fox News.

Karl Rove, Fox News contributor: “That’s a violation of law. If you’ll get out, we’ll appoint you to a federal office. That’s a violation of the law. If he’s telling the truth, he needs to come forward with the particulars of it and — and — so that the White House can defend itself and the American people can figure out whether or not he’s participating in a criminal cover-up, along with federal officials.”

As Talking Points Memo Muckraker notes, Rove “knows a thing or two about politicized hiring,” who, the site notes, played a huge part in the U.S. Attorney Scandal during the Bush years (pause for: why do libs always bring up BUSH??? HES NOT IN OFFNCE NYMORE!!!). He weaseled out of various other scandals in the 2000s because of his position in the Bush White House, including the deliberate outing of CIA officer Valerie Plame as revenge for her husband, Joe Wilson’s correct accusation in the New York Times that the Bush Administration had pulled the rationale for the Iraq War out of their asses.

Dick Morris, worm: “It’s Valerie Plame only ten times bigger…That is a high crime and misdemeanor.”

Morris, besides being an all around gasbag, is best known for his work in the Clinton White House, specifically turning Clinton into a “moderate” and getting him re-elected. In 1996, Morris was caught letting a prostitute listen in on his calls with the president and he was let go. Since then, Morris writes books (with his wife) criticizing the Democrat of the moment and being a worm on Fox News, acting like he knows of what he’s talking. Of Morris’ many, many awful quotes from his writings, this may be our favorite due to its overwhelming tragedy: “Katrina has the capacity to shape the second Bush term in the same way September 11 shaped his first term—not only in rebuilding New Orleans but in taking preventative steps around the nation to bolster our defenses against natural and man-made disasters and terror strikes. Responding to disasters is a source of presidential strength and popularity, and Bush is about to show how it is done.”

Sean Hannity, television personality: “What did the president know and when did he know it?” We knew someone would throw that stupid rhetorical question out there at some point! Should’ve known it’d be the World’s Worst Douche.

TPM Muckraker has also talked to some legal minds concerning Sestak-gate. Long story short, they found, there is no story.

“People horse trade politically all the time,” Stan Brand, a prominent Washington criminal defense lawyer told TPMmuckraker. “So I don’t put much stock in this, and I don’t think its gonna go anywhere.”

Even those who used to prosecute public corruption cases agree. “Talk about criminalizing the political process!” said Peter Zeidenberg, a former federal prosecutor with the Justice Department’s Public Integrity unit. “It would be horrible precedent if what really truly is political horsetrading were viewed in the criminal context of: is this a corrupt bribe?”

Nevertheless, we love sleaze politics. It’d be nice if Pat Toomey was defeated in November but watching this thing play out helps us forget the world’s sadness. We’re willing to put up with the half-admission and truth shuffles for a little longer if you are, Joey-Joe-Joe.

10 Responses to “ Your Sestak-Obama Path of Bribery To The Bottom Update ”

  1. Pete V. says:

    I’ve been slimed!

  2. Gary says:

    Randy,
    Do you actually get paid to write such drivel?

  3. Susan says:

    Here is what you need to know when they try to hand-wave this away:

    “Whoever solicits or receives, either as a political contribution, or for personal emolument, any money or thing of value, in consideration of the promise of support or use of influence in obtaining for any person any appointive office or place under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.” – 18 USC Sec. 211

    http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode18/usc_sec_18_00000211—-000-.html

    http://www.fec.gov/law/feca/feca.pdf

    It is a violation of the Federal Election Laws: Federal Election Commission, FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN LAWS, 2008: pp. 125-127.

    “…excerpts from Federal election statutes in titles 18, 26, 28, 36 and 47, United States Code…”

    Title 18 Crimes and Criminal Procedure

    § 600. Promise of employment or other benefit for political activity

    Whoever, directly or indirectly, promises any employment, position, compensation, contract, appointment, or other benefit, provided for or made possible in whole or in part by any Act of Congress, or any special consideration in obtaining any such benefit, to any person as consideration, favor, or reward for any political activity or for the support of or opposition to any candidate or any political party in connection with any general or special election to any political office, or in connection with any primary election or political convention or caucus held to select candidates for any political office, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.

  4. B. DaBunkar says:

    It’s just typical Chicago politics, ‘business as usual’ on the national stage. The crime will be eclipsed by the lie, and the lie will bring them down.

  5. Jordan says:

    Randy – If this is not a bribe and not illegal, then why do both Rep. Sestak and Robert Gibbs act like they would rather do anything in the world other than talk about it? They act guilty because they know they did something wrong. The truth will come out.

  6. BRILLIANT says:

    OBAMA IS CAUGHT IN JUST ONE OF MANY CRIMES, BRIBING A CONGRESSMAN, USING A DEADMANS SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER, PROVIDING A FAKE HAWAII BIRTHCERTIFICATE, GOING TO SCHOOL ON A STUDENT FORIGN AID PROGRAM, TAKING AN OATH AS A ATTORNEY WHEN NOT A CITIZEN AND THE BIGGEST CRIME EVER RECORDED IN WORLD HISTORY, STEALING THE PRESIDENCY OF THE UNITED STATES.

  7. Sean says:

    BLAH BLAH OBAMA BLAH BLAH BLAH CRIMINAL BLAH BLAH BLAH COMMUNISMSOCIALISMNAZISRUNNINOURCOUNTRY WHERES MAH GUN BLAH BLAH MERICA BLAH BLAH BIRTH CERTIFICATE BLAH BLAH REPUBLICANSARETHEBESTEST

  8. Gina R says:

    “paranoia porn festival”? O M G !!! What in the world are YOU afraid of, to spew such bullsh1t?

    ““What did the president know and when did he know it?” We knew someone would throw that stupid rhetorical question out there at some point! Should’ve known it’d be the World’s Worst Douche.”
    Excuse me, but since when has a very pertinent question concerning the subject at hand been ’stupid’ and ‘rhetorical’?
    {1 a : of, relating to, or concerned with rhetoric b : employed for rhetorical effect; especially : asked merely for effect with no answer expected} (Mirriam-Webster)
    The question was not rhetorical. Nor was it stupid, because if these allegations are true, it is VERY pertinent.
    And “douche’? What sort of journalism is it that accepts and promotes infantile name-calling and misrepresentation of word-meanings?
    By law and rights, the American people deserve to know whether or not their Employees have broken the law, period. We deserve a true investigation, not some;
    “We have investigated ourselves and we haven’t done anything wrong.”
    It would be akin to allowing a rapist to say; “Look, I investigated myself and I didn’t do this crime.”
    This is not reporting, this is PROPAGANDA.

  9. rhysom says:

    Please go away. This is the worst written drivel I’ve ever see. And harmful to our country.

  10. Blatant Bribes says:

    We all remember the TV show “Roots” could this have been the real inspiration for AmeriChoice Health. The 101 Dumbest Moments In Business 2003 EDITION Whiffed pitch No. 6: blatant stereotyping. By Mark Athitakis April 1, 2003 (Business 2.0)– GRAND PRIZE WINNER, DUMBEST MOMENT OF 2002
    In September, insurance company AmeriChoice brings trucks to blighted neighborhoods in New York City and gives away coupons for free chickens as an incentive for the underprivileged to switch their Medicare coverage. New York state senator Carl Kruger files a complaint with the state attorney general. The 101 Dumbest Moments In Business 2003 EDITION – April 1, 2003 Apr 1, 2003 … Just don’t tell him about the “Chinese health balls.” ….. In September, insurance company AmeriChoice brings trucks to blighted … New York state senator Carl Kruger files a complaint with the state attorney general….. Falling on his sword, Welch announces he’ll give up most of the perks,…

    2009 and 2010 $120,000 from your tax dollars at work
    Philadelphia PA Mayor Nutter received two years in a row $60,000 checks to help keep open and operate the city swimming pools. These checks came from AmeriChoice Health and on the surface seems like fine gifts. Yet, they are Bribes non the less, these checks come from a company who receives all its money from the Federal State Governments as a vendor for Medicare Medicaid services is not allowed to offer bribes kickbacks and money gifts of any kind in order to promote its share of the market place. This is also not allowed as a use of your taxpayers dollars yet it happens.What does it really cost the City of Philadelphia to receive this money? Americhoice Health has a long history of corruption over the years yet seems to be protected by those who are responsible to over see their actions why is that? Sorry must apologize just received a notice that AmeriChoice Health was under the impression they thought they were suppose to have started their very own stimulus and economic program package and the one they implemented, they had no idea it violated all the Stark ,Health and Kickbacks laws. Some one will have to notify the following departments it was all a mistake or error in judgement, the Department of Justice, CMS, Dept of health and Human resourses,the FBI,and IRS, and any other agency effected by this tragedy or unfortunate misunderstanding. No harm, no fowl, forgive and forget, OK, then how about some coupons for a free whole fried chicken…..

    Among its provisions, the anti-kickback statute penalizes anyone who knowingly and willfully solicits, receives, offers or pays remuneration in cash or in kind to induce, or in return for: A. Referring an individual to a person for the furnishing, or arranging for the furnishing, of any item or service payable under the Medicare or Medicaid program; or B. Purchasing, leasing or ordering , or arranging for or recommending purchasing, leasing or ordering, any goods, facility, service or item payable under the Medicare or Medicaid program. Violators are subject to criminal penalties, or exclusion from participation in the Medicare and Medicaid rograms, or both. A violation of the anti-kickback law is a felony offense that carries criminal fines of up to $25,000 per violation, imprisonment for up to five years and exclusion from government health care programs.The federal anti-kickback statute, 42 U.S.C.§ 1320a-7b(b), prohibits individuals or entities from knowingly and willfully offering, paying, soliciting or receiving remuneration to induce referrals of items or services covered by Medicare, Medicaid or any other federally funded program.

    If this were any one person not a corporation they would be in jail now, if the FBI were called in on this matter they would be in jail now, if the IRS were notified they would be in jail now. Since all Ameri-Choice checks come from the United Health’s home office they should be held equally responsible for any bribes, kickbacks, Stark, Fraud and inducements violations that have occured. Federal and State Governments have developed such a depended position with this company that laws and rules no longer apply for them.This role is nothing new for the AmeriChoice people and its been going on for years, look at some of the prior news articles that date back for years only now they can afford to hire the best of Law firms and give the most for Political contributations all on the back of the taxpayer. Sure the Laws have become tighter but you can still dance away their problems.

    Three years ago they were reported to these Federal agency’s and as of todays date not only were they allowed to continue doing business but were never charged once. Protected vendor status sure, politics sure,limited government budgets sure, Federal and State officals looking the other way sure, and rather then stop these activities a strong desire not to rock the boat existed. Even with the vast changes in the laws and budgets,a hands off policy remains, you tell me what’s wrong with this picture? The Government created this monster and now they don’t know what to do about it, like shooting yourself in your own foot etc. Tons of money to advance their national growth, its market positions, tons of money for political donations, tons of money to send 75 millon back to its home office from New York state alone, tons of money to suppot National TV shows, tons of money to pay hugh State fines, tons of money to hire the very best law firms, tons of money to pay for bribes and kickbacks, tons of money for hugh salarys and bonuses, all done on the back of the American taxpayor, you see this company receives all its money from the Federal government. Should your tax dollars be held to a higher standard? Should the government agencys responsible for there review be held to that same standard?Should the IRS audit their corruption? Why has this company not been charged? How long can the buck be passed here in more ways then one? Hey, it’s your tax dollars don’t complain now then don’t complain later.tax dollars for bribes // Oct 6, 2010 at 8:57 am

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