It would appear that the corruption of the Obama administration knows no boundaries and flows within the veins of the government from coast to coast. But the scariest thing about it is not simply the extent of the criminality and unethical behaviors, but the simple fact of the American peoples sheepish acceptance of it. We are truly in the final days of empire.
Rampant Cronyism and Corruption: Fascist regimes are almost always governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions, and then use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability.
=The Nazi Hydra in America: Suppressed History of a Century – Wall Street and the Rise of the Fourth Reich (Glen Yeadon)
As well, terms like “conflict of interest” and “corruption” also proved inadequate to explore how agenda-wielding players actively structure, indeed create, their roles and involvements to serve their own agendas—at the expense of the government agencies, shareholders, or public’s on whose behalf they supposedly work. These players not only flout authority, they institutionalize their subversion of it.
=Shadow Elite (Janine R. Wedel)
Extreme economic inequality ultimately leads to political instability and often revolution. One scholar of comparative politics, surveying the literature on the subject, puts it like this: “Among contemporary political scientists it has become axiomatic that material inequality and political instability go together.”* Yet virtually everyone who has studied the dangerous impact of extreme economic inequality on a wide variety of societies has effectively concluded that America is immune to the potentially disruptive effects of extreme inequality. Even authors of political thrillers, who have created scenarios for coups and revolutions based on terrorism, assassinations, and enemy conspiracies, have avoided homegrown unrest: it just isn’t possible.
The idea is effectively taboo in our society. We take it as an unalterable given that our constitutional system of governance, as supported by the people, is everlasting. My contention is that unchecked and rising economic inequality is an indicator of a dysfunctional democracy that is spiraling downward. A careful historical analysis suggests such societies inevitably fall prey to internal collapse through conflict or corruption.* The threat is real and increasing.
=It Could Happen Here (Bruce Judson)
Big profit for Pritzkers on costly Chicago FBI deal
An FBI deal involving the federal government’s most expensive lease in Chicago produced millions of dollars in profits for a development group that included Penny Pritzker, a top campaign fund-raiser for President Barack Obama who is now his commerce secretary, a Chicago Sun-Times / Better Government Association investigation has found.
The developers also included Jack Higgins, a friend and political backer of former Mayor Richard M. Daley.
Over the 14-year term of the lease, the government will pay $280 million in rent and operating expenses for the Near West Side property, which houses the FBI’s Chicago headquarters.
That’s more than double what it cost to build the complex at 2111 W. Roosevelt Rd., which opened in 2006, records show.
The Department of Labor coordinated with the White House on whether or not to release hidden portions of former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis’ schedule as Solis battled an FBI investigation into her illegal fundraising for President Obama.
New emails provided to The Daily Caller from the nonprofit legal research firm Cause of Action show the White House thanking the Department of Labor for “flagging” a public information request for “withheld” portions of Solis’ schedule. (SEE THE EMAIL CHAIN). The White House then asked for the name of the conservative group making the request — information that Labor officials were eager to give up.
As TheDC previously reported, Solis illegally fundraised for the Obama campaign and headlined a Latino-themed Obama fundraiser while on a trip in her official capacity as a Cabinet member, which is forbidden by the Hatch