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OBAMA TOPS ‘CORRUPT’ LIST FOR ACTING ‘AS A 1-MAN CONGRESS’


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Posted by:BOB UNRUH

2013 Washington malefactors also include Clinton, Holder, Boehner

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President Obama leads the “Top Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politiciansfor 2013, named by the Washington watchdog Judicial Watch.

This year the “honor” is for acting “as a one-man Congress, rewriting entire sections of federal law on his own.”

Judicial Watch annually releases a list of the top politicians who misbehave while purportedly representing taxpayers in Washington. The 2013 “honors” go to, in alphabetical order, House Speaker John Boehner, CIA Director John Brennan, Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Hillary Clinton, Attorney General Eric Holder, former IRS commissioner Steve T. Miller and former IRS official Lois Lerner, ex-DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, Obama, Sen. Harry Reid and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Several are perennial selections, including Obama, who has been on the list for seven years already, and Holder.

Obama, the organization contends, “is a master at catch-me-if-you can, corrupt politics.”

“Not only is his administration secretive and dishonest; its callous disregard for the rule of law undermines our constitutional republic,” the report said.

“Perhaps Obama’s most outrageous actions over the past year were his continual lies about the ability of Americans to keep their own health insurance under Obamacare. According the Free Beacon, Obama misled the American people a total of 36 times between 2008 and 2013 with his promise, ‘If you like your health insurance, you can keep it.’ And according to NBC News, Obama knew, even as he repeated his lie, that ‘more than 40 to 67 percent of those in the individual market would not be able to keep their plans, even if they liked them.’

“According to the Galen Institute, Obama has now unilaterally rewritten the Obamacare law as passed by Congress 14 times by executive fiat, with the majority of those changes coming in 2013. Those changes include such major overhauls as the congressional opt-out, eviscerating the individual mandate, and delaying the employer mandate. The latest Obama fix came on December 20, when he suddenly moved to allow hundreds of thousands of people who have lost their insurance due to Obamacare to sign up for bare-bone ‘catastrophic’ plans,” it said.

The list also said that throughout 2013, the Obama family “continued to use the White House as its own personal travel bureau and the taxpayers as their personal expense account.”

While Obama, the report said, “quickly disavowed any knowledge of the IRS assault on tea party and other conservative groups leading up to the 2012 presidential election, the fact is that it was the president himself who fingered the groups for what might be called ‘special handling.’”

Obama had blasted conservative groups with attacks such as “We don’t know who’s behind these ads and we don’t know who’s paying for them,”  “You don’t know if it’s a foreign controlled corporation” and “The only people who don’t want to disclose the truth are people with something to hide.”

Boehner

Judicial Watch charged that House Speaker John Boehner has become a master at what Government Accountability Institute President Peter Schweizer calls the “Tollbooth Strategy.”

That’s when donations are accepted to move legislation down the road toward law, the report explained.

Among the actions cited were the Wireless Tax Fairness Act, which was brought up for a vote the day after Boehner’s campaign collected “33 checks from wireless industry executives, totaling almost $40,000.”

Brennan

Judicial Watch cites Brennan’s decision to reveal the extent of U.S. penetration into al-Qaida, which  forced a successful spy operation to be shut down. He also apparently orchestrated the administration’s attempt to influence the storyline of the movie “Zero Dark Thirty.”

Chambliss

The Georgia Republican was cited because the New York Times reported his abuses of loopholes through which campaign cash was converted into a lavish lifestyle.

The expenses included $10,000 on golf at Pebble Beach, nearly $27,000 at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and $107,752 at the exclusive Breakers resort in Palm Beach, Fla., the report said.

Clinton

Judicial Watch said Hillary Clinton’s downfall was Benghazi.

“On Jan. 23, 2013, outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified to congressional committees regarding the terrorist attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, which led to the murder of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other American citizens. At times evasive, at other times defensive and aggressive, Clinton delivered her version of events in the days before and after the murders in Benghazi. And, in the end, the Secretary of State pretended to take ‘responsibility,’ but gave a predictable response regarding who is to blame: ‘…the level of responsibility for the failures…was set at the Assistant Secretary of State level and below,’ Clinton said, referring to an investigation of the incident. In other words, this was not my fault,” Judicial Watch reported.

Holder

He’s a “regular” on the list, Judicial Watch said.

“In May 2013, Holder may well have committed perjury when he was involved in a back-and-forth with Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., about whether the Department of Justice (DOJ) could prosecute reporters under the Espionage Act for publishing classified material. In response to Johnson’s interrogatories Holder made the following statement: “In regard to potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material – this is not something I’ve ever been involved in, heard of, or would think would be wise policy.”

However, Holder previously had approved a search warrant for the email account and phone records of Fox News reporter James Rosen, Judicial Watch said.

Miller and Lerner

The trouble for Miller and Lerner was that the IRS admitted to targeting anti-Obama tea party organizations and other conservatives during the 2012 election. The IRS “purposely stonewalled the approval of nonprofit applications from ‘tea party’ and other conservative groups that were seeking tax exempt status.”

“According to a report by the agency’s inspector general released in May 2013, for more than 18 months beginning in early 2010: ‘The IRS used inappropriate criteria that identified for review tea party and other organizations applying for tax-exempt status based upon their names or policy positions instead of indications of potential political campaign intervention.’”

Lerner headed the department that was involved.

Napolitano

Judicial Watch explained she “played a major role in doing an end-run around existing immigration law by helping President Obama implement his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) directive in lieu of DREAM Act passage.”

Sebelius

“The Obama administration’s own lawyers determined Sebelius could be fired for violating federal law when reports surfaced that she had campaigned for Obama while acting in her official capacity as an executive branch official during the last presidential campaign. This made Kathleen Sebelius the first member ever of a president’s cabinet to be found guilty of violating the Hatch Act,” Judicial Watch said, among other issues.

Dishonorable mentions went to former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, outgoing Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and incoming Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, former Rep. Rick Renzi, R-Ariz., and National Security Adviser Susan Rice.

Last year’s list included Obama, GOP Rep. Vern Buchanan, Holder, Clinton, Rice, Steven Chu, Illinois Democrat Jesse Jackson Jr., New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez, Reid, Florida Republican David Rivera and Sebelius.

The entire 2011 list: Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala.; former Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev.; Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla.; Holder; Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill.; Obama; Rep. Laura Richardson, D-Calif.; Rep. David Rivera, R-Fla.; Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif.; and Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska.

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/01/obama-tops-corrupt-list-for-acting-as-a-1-man-congress/#DoV4bCCucXjl2lel.99

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Issa to Sebelius on Healthcare.gov Probe: Failing to Turn Over Info is Criminal Obstruction of Justice


Welcome and thank you for stopping by. Please be aware and advised, this is a CONSERVATIVE BLOG.

 

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 4) I welcome input from all walks of life.

 

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However, we can agree on “respect” and at least listening to different perspectives.

 

Thank you for visiting!

 

Reblogged from:http://townhall.com

 

Posted by:Katie Pavlich

Katie Pavlich


In a letter sent late Wednesday, Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Darrell Issa reminded Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that obstructing a congressional investigation is a crime.

Issa’s Committee has been looking into the details of how Obamacare was implemented, along with the major problems with Healthcare.gov and has requested a number of documents from HHS, none of which he’s received. The documents requested pertain to companies hired by HHS to build and operate Healthcare.gov.

“The Department [HHS] subsequently instructed those companies not to comply with the Committee’s request. The Department’s hostility toward questions from Congress and the media about the implementation of Obamcare is well known. The Department’s most recent effort to stonewall, however, has morphed from mere obstinacy into criminal obstruction of a congressional investigation,” Issa wrote.

The letter details a contract between HHS and Creative Computing Solutions, Inc. (CCSI) forcing the company to get approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services before cooperating with Congress, making it nearly impossible for lawmakers to get documents from the company directly. CCSI has been citing the contract as the reason why they cannot turn over requested documents to Congress. In the letter, Issa indicated this refusal by CCSI under the thumb of HHS could be criminal obstruction of a congressional investigation.

“The Departmen’t instruction not to cooperate with congressional investigations relies on language in the contract with CCSI which precludes contractors from sharing certain data with third parties. Moreover, the Department explicitly forbids the release of documents without authorization from CMS. That argument — that the language in the contract between the Department and a private company supersedes Congress’ constitutional prerogative to conduct oversight — is without merit,” Issa wrote. “In fact, it strains credulity to such an extent that it creates the appearance that the Department is using the threat of litigation to deter private companies from cooperating with Congress. The Department’s attempt to threaten CCSI for the purpose of deterring the company from providing documents to Congress places the officials responsible for drafting and sending the letter on the wrong side of federal statues that prohibit obstruction of a congressional investigation. Obstructing a Congressional investigation is a crime.”

Issa instructed Sebelius to inform HHS officials to immediately stop directing employees and contractors not to turn over Healthcare.gov documents to Congress. He also reminded Sebelius that a subpoena was issued to her on October 30, 2013 and requires a response.

“Private citizens and companies cannot contract away their duty to comply with a congressional request for documents,” Issa said. “Furthermore, the Department’s instruction to CCSI and other contractors not to respond to congressional document requests runs afoul of a federal statute that prohibits interfering with an employees’ right to furnish information to Congress. Under that statute, any effort to enforce a contract that prevents a federal employee — or in this case, a contractor — from communicating with Congress is unlawful.”

Thursday, the Oversight Committee will hold a hearing about Obamacare’s impact on premiums and provider networks as millions continue to see skyrocketing insurance rates, loss of health insurance and a loss of preferred doctors.

 

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