Saturday, August 1, 2009

How Did The U.S.A. Become ... The Sleaziest Country In The World?


Sex-addict senators, kidney-running rabbis, corrupt mayors.

It is at this time of year that I update my survey of world governance -- roughly shadowing the United Nations Human Development and Quality of Life Indices, and the World Economic Forum ratings of national investment climate.

Once again, Thailand wins in the category of political entertainment. Former premier Thaksin Shinawatra became a billionaire in the computer software business, founded the Thais Loving Thais political party to exploit rural discontent with the elites in Bangkok, was elected, abolished capital gains taxes ... and then sold his business for a capital gain of over $1-billion.

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Speaker Will Keep 'Villains' Money

From CQ Politics:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called health insurers "the villains" in the unfolding story of the health care overhaul on Thursday, ratcheting up an anti-insurer theme trotted out by President Obama earlier this month and encouraged by other Democratic leaders in Congress.

"It is somewhat immoral what they are doing. Of course, they have been immoral all along how they have treated the people that they insure," MSNBC's Luke Russert quoted her as saying. "They are the villains in this."

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My Comment: Do what I say, not what I do.

CBS Buries Democrat Label in Chris Dodd/Kent Conrad Countrywide Scandal Story

From News Busters:

On Friday’s CBS Evening News, correspondent Sharyl Attkisson filed a report recounting mortgage company Countrywide Financial’s history of offering special deals on loans to government officials – including figures with connections to President Clinton, President Bush, and President Obama. But, while the two most prominent figures currently still in government who are implicated in the scandal are Democratic Senators Christopher Dodd and Kent Conrad, neither Senator was identified by Attkisson as a Democrat. Even while soundbites of the two Senators were shown, there was not even an on-screen label showing the party of either Senator. Until the end of the story, the only clue viewers had as to either Senator’s party was when Attkisson identified Dodd as being the "head" of a Senate committee.

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Dirty Dems: It Goes Far Beyond Dodd

Dodd: Sinking in pay-for-play mire.

From The New York Post:

EVERYTHING you need to know about false Hope and Change can be found in one picture: the image of President Obama embracing embattled Sen. Chris Dodd.

The troubled Democrat is in deep over his sweetheart Countrywide home-loan deals, corporate bailout cash and crony associations. New revelations by Countrywide whistleblower Robert Feinberg confirm what more and more of Dodd's Connecticut constituents are coming to realize: He's a lying weasel.

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