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    I knew it was bad, but someone took the time to put it all in once place. Wow.

    What is it about modern conservatism that attracts idiots and grifters?

    From the NRAs grifting, to the Trump University fraud, the fraudulent charity, the fake TV preachers, Trump helping the Iranians launder money to get around the sanctions, it just never ends with these people.

    Some highlights:

    Agriculture Department
    Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue was the subject of multiple ethics complaints and investigations during two terms as governor of Georgia. In one headline-making case, he approved a tax bill with a little-noticed provision that retroactively saved him $100,000 on a land sale.
    Perdue has filled the department’s top ranks with former agribusiness executives and lobbyists, along with an unusual number of Trump campaign workers without other obvious qualifications.

    ....

    Politico reviewed 42 resumes of the department’s political appointees. Twenty-two had worked on the Trump presidential campaign.
    The list of appointees included a long-haul truck driver, a clerk at AT&T, a meter reader for a gas company, a country club cabana attendant, the owner of a scented-candle company, a Republican National Committee intern, and a former Washington state senator who mentioned on his résumé that he was the first elected official in his state to back Trump’s candidacy.
    The truck driver, Nick Brusky, received a GS-12 job, paying nearly $80,000 a year, at the department’s Foreign Agricultural Service. Although he had never been involved in developing international markets for farm products, Brusky pointed out that he had experience “hauling and shipping agricultural commodities.”

    Commerce Department

    Forbes magazine described Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross as “one of the biggest grifters in American history,” finding a career total of more than $120 million siphoned from business associates.
    The Securities and Exchange Commission charged Ross with pocketing $10.4 million that rightly belonged to investment partners.
    Ross held official meetings with the CEOs of Chevron and Boeing while his wife owned shares in those companies valued at $400,000 and $2 million.
    He failed to divest holdings in the world’s third-largest auto parts maker until October 2017, after official dealings with top people at BMW, Toyota, GM, and Ford, among other major customers of the parts company.
    For nearly a year after his confirmation, Ross held onto his stake in Navigator Holdings, a natural-gas shipping company tied to Russian oligarchs and members of Vladimir Putin’s family. Before divesting, Ross personally negotiated a deal to facilitate the export of American-produced liquefied natural gas to China. The ethics officer who OK’d Ross’s actions got a promotion.
    ...
    The Commerce Department eliminated a committee of 15 scientists helping local officials understand the implications of climate change.
    It shut down the chief economist’s office, which had done studies of natural disasters and their economic consequences.


    Education Department

    Secretary Betsy DeVos is a multimillionaire and top Republican Party fundraiser who has poured money into private Christian schools and campaigns for “school choice” while referring to public education as “a monopoly” and “a dead end.”
    Under her leadership, the Department of Education has continued to collect loan payments from former students of Corinthian, ITT, and other fraud-ridden for-profit college chains.
    She has filled key jobs with ex-lobbyists and execs of for-profit colleges.
    Her department has failed to deliver financial relief to tens of thousands of teachers, nurses, and police officers, etc., who qualified for public-service loan forgiveness.

    ...

    It goes on and on and on. Click here if you want to try and wrap your brain around it.

    Nepotism, self-dealing, rank incopetence.

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    Too bad for the troll

    it is a breathtaking amount of criminality

    someone needs to keep that link for posterity sake

    and do the “wall of text” to a cultist in the future when they defend their criminal

    pretty sure the troll poster is another cultist lol

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    [lame attempt at trolling]

    Energy Department
    QUICK AND DIRTY
    Former Secretary Rick Perry received $14 million in oil and gas industry campaign contributions over the years.
    He filled the top ranks of the department with former fossil fuel industry lobbyists and executives, and fought to keep dirty coal plants in business.
    Perry was one of the “Three Amigos” assigned by the White House to work with Rudy Giuliani on the task of pressuring the Ukraine government to help whip up a scandal involving former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
    While in Ukraine for the inauguration of President Volodymyr Zelensky, Perry recommended several Americans as energy advisers to the new government. One of them was a Texas backer of Perry’s political career; he and another Texan later struck a 50-year oil and gas exploration deal with Ukraine’s government, winning out over a competing company that offered millions of dollars more.
    WHAT AM I DOING HERE?
    Campaigning for president in 2011, Perry promised to eliminate three cabinet departments. During a debate, he was unable to remember one of them—the Energy Department. That “oops” moment helped sink his candidacy.
    Before becoming energy secretary, Perry served on the board of a company, Energy Transfer Partners, whose major client was the Dakota Access Pipeline. He was also on the board of a Sunoco oil subsidiary.
    Perry’s successor, Dan Brouillette, had held an assistant secretary position at the Department of Energy under President George W. Bush, and went on to become an auto industry lobbyist before being tapped to join the Trump administration.

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    "What is it about modern conservatism that attracts idiots and grifters?"

    traditional conservatism was always about "conserving" the status quo, which was in their favor and unfavorable to everybody else

    Capitalism, the oligarchy, the wealthy, the Repug s are deeply anti-democratic, with the objective of turning USA into a one-party autocracy, that considers all opposition illegit, even criminal, and the autocracy is of course used to rape, pillage, fleece the bottom 90%.

    We saw in the dubya/ head Reign of Error, that the Repugs have NO interest is governing For The People.

    Even Gigngrich/Repugs would rather shut down the govt, twice, than work with illegit Clinton

    Another arm of the oligarchy's strategy is corrupting, polluting the Federal judiciary.

    The current corruption no surprise to me, 100% expected, and it will continue until 20 Jan, even accelerate in fin de regime steal everything.

    iow, NEVER expect anything ever again For The People from the Repugs, d to the oligarchy.

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    The Repugs have "flooded the zone" with corruption, and there's no way to stop it.

    They have learned now what they can get away now in corruption, in bad faith, in Congress' oversight, and it will 10x worse if Trash is re-elected, or whenever the Repugs get back in power.

    America is ed and un able

    to repeat, historically the only solution has been violent revolution.

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    Moar copy pasta / meltdown.

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    Moar copy pasta / meltdown.
    Moar denial. Par, SMH.

    #DerpCantHandleTruth

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    Moar denial. Par, SMH.

    #DerpCantHandleTruth
    #AlwaysACuckoldBlake

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    Moar copy pasta / meltdown.
    SELF-AND-CRONY-ENRICHMENT
    Ross played a leading role in U.S.-China trade matters despite his joint investment in a shipping company with a Chinese state fund.
    Ross conferred with leaders of state-controlled funds in Qatar, Japan, and Singapore which had previously placed money with his private equity firm.
    He sold his interest in a railcar company after lunch with the CEO, who told Ross that Trump tariffs would hurt the business.
    Ross made short sales of Navigator stock a few days after learning that the company would be the subject of a damaging story in The New York Times. The share price promptly fell 3.9 percent.

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    GOVERNMENT FOR SALE
    State and local corrections departments, which make up much of the private-prison industry’s client base, generally pay between $35 and $65 a day per inmate. By contrast, ICE reimbursement rates run as high as $300 a day. “These people are profitable,” says Alex Friedmann of the nonprofit Human Rights Defense Center.
    But that profit stream was at risk before Donald Trump’s election. In August 2016, after a series of investigations and scandals involving substandard medical care, deaths, suicides, sexual abuse, and exploitative labor practices, the Obama administration announced plans to phase out the use of private companies in immigrant detention.
    One day after that announcement, a GEO subsidiary gave $100,000 to Rebuilding America Now, a pro-Trump Super PAC led by a pair of former Trump staffers. About a month later, GEO boosted its contribution to $225,000. GEO Group’s PAC and its CEO gave the same amount to another committee, Trump Victory, for distribution to the Trump campaign and other Republican efforts.

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    GOVERNMENT FOR SALE
    State and local corrections departments, which make up much of the private-prison industry’s client base, generally pay between $35 and $65 a day per inmate. By contrast, ICE reimbursement rates run as high as $300 a day. “These people are profitable,” says Alex Friedmann of the nonprofit Human Rights Defense Center.
    But that profit stream was at risk before Donald Trump’s election. In August 2016, after a series of investigations and scandals involving substandard medical care, deaths, suicides, sexual abuse, and exploitative labor practices, the Obama administration announced plans to phase out the use of private companies in immigrant detention.
    One day after that announcement, a GEO subsidiary gave $100,000 to Rebuilding America Now, a pro-Trump Super PAC led by a pair of former Trump staffers. About a month later, GEO boosted its contribution to $225,000. GEO Group’s PAC and its CEO gave the same amount to another committee, Trump Victory, for distribution to the Trump campaign and other Republican efforts.
    SELF-AND-CRONY-ENRICHMENT
    Ross played a leading role in U.S.-China trade matters despite his joint investment in a shipping company with a Chinese state fund.
    Ross conferred with leaders of state-controlled funds in Qatar, Japan, and Singapore which had previously placed money with his private equity firm.
    He sold his interest in a railcar company after lunch with the CEO, who told Ross that Trump tariffs would hurt the business.
    Ross made short sales of Navigator stock a few days after learning that the company would be the subject of a damaging story in The New York Times. The share price promptly fell 3.9 percent.
    Moar copy pasta / meltdown.

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    Can't defend the grift... attack the posting method.

    Should the government be run by lobbyists?

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    Can't defend the grift... attack the posting method.

    Should the government be run by lobbyists?
    Lobbyists won't have a field day in a Biden administration?

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    Lobbyists won't have a field day in a Biden administration?
    Weak whataboutism..

    Best derp could do.


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    Lobbyists won't have a field day in a Biden administration?
    The number of former industry lobbyists and executives tapped for key jobs at the Department of Agriculture has been extraordinary, even by Trump administration standards, and ethical concerns do not seem to worry very many of them.

    A former pesticide industry executive, Rebeckah Ad , was put in charge of a deregulation team and took part in the effort to get China to accept Dow’s genetically modified corn seeds. Before one high-level meeting on the issue, Dow lobbyist Hunt Shipman emailed Ad : “Do you know who will staff the secretary?” Ad treated the question as a joke: “Yes and u do too.” “Roger,” Shipman replied. Then, alluding to the potential conflict of a public servant helping former colleagues, he added: “Maybe you can have a chair on both sides of the table … Maybe you can staff them both?”

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    The number of former industry lobbyists and executives tapped for key jobs at the Department of Agriculture has been extraordinary, even by Trump administration standards, and ethical concerns do not seem to worry very many of them.

    A former pesticide industry executive, Rebeckah Ad , was put in charge of a deregulation team and took part in the effort to get China to accept Dow’s genetically modified corn seeds. Before one high-level meeting on the issue, Dow lobbyist Hunt Shipman emailed Ad : “Do you know who will staff the secretary?” Ad treated the question as a joke: “Yes and u do too.” “Roger,” Shipman replied. Then, alluding to the potential conflict of a public servant helping former colleagues, he added: “Maybe you can have a chair on both sides of the table … Maybe you can staff them both?”
    So cronyism won't be a thing in a Biden regime?

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    So cronyism won't be a thing in a Biden regime?
    Maybe. Hard to avoid under any administration, even one as milqutoast as Obama's.

    Trump's corruption is on a scale that dwarfs any others.

    Feel free to keep a running log. I will be right as outraged at industry lobbyists taking positions as you are, doesn't matter what the job is.

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    Maybe. Hard to avoid under any administration, even one as milqutoast as Obama's.

    Trump's corruption is on a scale that dwarfs any others.

    Feel free to keep a running log. I will be right as outraged at industry lobbyists taking positions as you are, doesn't matter what the job is.
    Maybe?

    K

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    Politico reviewed 42 resumes of the department’s political appointees. Twenty-two had worked on the Trump presidential campaign.
    The list of appointees included a long-haul truck driver, a clerk at AT&T, a meter reader for a gas company, a country club cabana attendant, the owner of a scented-candle company, a Republican National Committee intern, and a former Washington state senator who mentioned on his résumé that he was the first elected official in his state to back Trump’s candidacy.

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    Politico reviewed 42 resumes of the department’s political appointees. Twenty-two had worked on the Trump presidential campaign.
    The list of appointees included a long-haul truck driver, a clerk at AT&T, a meter reader for a gas company, a country club cabana attendant, the owner of a scented-candle company, a Republican National Committee intern, and a former Washington state senator who mentioned on his résumé that he was the first elected official in his state to back Trump’s candidacy.
    Again, do you think this trend will reverse under Biden?

    Clearly you should vote for Magic Wand.

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    Again, do you think this trend will reverse under Biden?

    Clearly you should vote for Magic Wand.
    Derp, this trend has trump’s finger prints all over it.

    Have you been drinking trump bleach or eating your derp snacks?

    You have that Magic Wand so far up your ass that when you sneeze, a rabbit pops out!

    Rather than spewing your , do something productive for the forum by turning off your internet and go watch your tranny porn.


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    Again, do you think this trend will reverse under Biden?

    Clearly you should vote for Magic Wand.
    Yes. Yes it will.

    Trump's administration is uniquely incompetent and uniquely corrupt.

    You have no idea how bad it is. Read the full thing.

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