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MahopacJack

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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2013 10:26:41 AM

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Here's a current case of what appears to be political corruption. Had everything ran smoothly in the Obamacare roll out, there would not have been little, if any, media coverage.

Michelle Obama's Classmate is an Executive at the Comapny that won a 'No Bid Contract' for Obamacare's website.

From the link, "Toni Townes-Whitley, Princeton class of ’85, is senior vice president at CGI Federal, which earned the no-bid contract to build the $678 million Obamacare enrollment website at Healthcare.gov. CGI Federal is the U.S. arm of a Canadian company.

Also, "George Schindler, the president for U.S. and Canada of the Canadian-based CGI Group, CGI Federal’s parent company, became an Obama 2012 campaign donor after his company gained the Obamacare website contract.

As reported by the Washington Examiner in early October, the Department of Health and Human Services reviewed only CGI’s bid for the Obamacare account. CGI was one of 16 companies qualified under the Bush administration to provide certain tech services to the federal government. A senior vice president for the company testified this week before The House Committee on Energy and Commerce that four companies submitted bids, but did not name those companies or explain why only CGI’s bid was considered."

The link concludes with, "On the government end, construction of the disastrous Healthcare.gov website was overseen by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a division of longtime failed website-builder Kathleen Sebelius’ Department of Health and Human Services."

[L=http://tinyurl.com/10261302websiteDisaters [Open in new window] [Copy to clipboard]]Apparently, Kathleen Sebilius has a history of website falures![/L]

This is only one of many dubious transactions of this nature done by ALL Administrations. What. if anything, can be done about stopping or at least curtailing them?
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MahopacJack
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2013 12:47:51 PM

AC-302, >>...was it Jay Rockefeller who became governor of West Virginia and ran on the platform "I'm already rich, I don't need to be corrupt"? (the three previous governors were in jail over corruption)<<
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There is a certain logic to that but unfortunately it doesn't cover the super-ego problem many bring with them when they 'serve the people.' I'm not saying all are corrupt, nor am I singling out Jay Rockerfeller but the question should be asked is, why does a person who has accumulated or inherited wealth far beyond being comfortable want to be involved in 'serving the public' and expose themselves AND THEIR FAMILIES to the mud slinging we so often see in political campaigns?

In many cases, the reason given is to be altruistic but the needs of the people are often ignored in favor of more selfish desires.
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mudtoe
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2013 1:51:24 AM

There is a certain logic to the idea that someone who is wealthy enough to finance their own campaign owes far fewer favors to people than someone who financed their campaign on donations, and thus has debts to payoff in the form of favors or votes on issues the way their donors want.


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AC-302
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2013 12:34:11 AM

Unfortunately, there will always be greedy folks willing to misuse their authority for a buck. Here now, let's consider two names - Duke Cunningham (R-CA) and William Jefferson (D-LA) (fair is fair, one from each side of the aisle).

I dislike it, but there is a certain reality here. When you have middle class folks, some will need the money and take advantage. However, consider this.. what if, like most of our Senators, we elected millionaires (which we do)? Speaking of which, was it Jay Rockefeller who became governor of West Virginia and ran on the platform "I'm already rich, I don't need to be corrupt"? (the three previous governors were in jail over corruption)
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SemiSteve
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2013 9:22:50 PM

This is deplorable. Seems like it would be a piece of cake to start a company from scratch and create a fully functional website to accomplish the goal for far less than *half* of this amount.

That's a lotta scratch!
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MahopacJack
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2013 8:43:06 PM

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Jim O'Keefe Strikes AGAIN! The Federal program isn't even functional and it's already rampant with corruption.
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Cirdan
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2013 1:47:49 AM

I'm a firm believer in a) term limits for all political positions and b) end to gerrymandering of districts. The people should pick their reps, not the other way around.
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teacher_tim
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Message Posted: Nov 8, 2013 1:04:16 PM

Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. the only hope lies in limiting power, the antithesis of what both the Bush and Obama Administrations have done for the last twenty years...
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streetrider
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2013 11:44:57 PM

Extra money is always wasted in training, and mistakes, plus the bennies paid to the last group.
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MahopacJack
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2013 5:04:00 PM

>>If we vote them all out our cost would soar.<<
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How? If we replace them with representatives that abide by the Constitution and are not morally corrupt, our costs would go down. Pork would virtually be eliminated, taxpayers would not be paying for incompetent administrators who are appointed as compensation for political support, etc………..~
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streetrider
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2013 2:08:13 PM

If we vote them all out our cost would soar.
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MahopacJack
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2013 1:41:25 PM

>>Our only hope is to vote them ALL OUT EACH ELECTION!<<
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You'll not get any argument from me but how to we get the majority of voters to realize this? An example, many people were opposed to ObamaCare yet it was passed by the Democrat Party in the Senate and passed by the then House Speaker Pelosi through a loophole called a 'deeming resolution' in the House of Representatives.

Again, the future of our Nation was endangered by people who are putting their own self interests before the people that they have sworn to represent.
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Tru2psu2
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2013 5:14:03 AM

Our only hope is to vote them ALL OUT EACH ELECTION!
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Cirdan
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2013 12:56:28 AM

Big government always = corruption. People realize they don't have to win in the marketplace, they can just bribe (excuse me, make campaign contributions) some politicians.

Nice to see Hilary is so gracious as to accept $400K from JP Morgan for a couple of "remarks." Think anyone will bring that up in '16? Or her board membership at Walmart while Bill was Governor?
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johnnyg1200
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Message Posted: Nov 6, 2013 9:45:40 PM

To stop political corruption the first thing we have to do is take the money out of the equation. Here is another politician apparently caught misusing his position to benefit himself.
Missouri representative charged with stealing political funds
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MahopacJack
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Message Posted: Nov 5, 2013 6:03:06 PM

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Another questionable tactic? Obama 'bundler' making huge donations to a Libertarian Candidate in Virginia's Governor race.

From the link, "A donor to the Democratic Party of Virginia and bundler for Barack Obama funded a political action committee that provided Virginia Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Robert Sarvis with a crucial campaign contribution that helped get him on the ballot.

Campaign records show that Sarvis’ largest contributor is Libertarian Booster PAC which provided $11,454 to the campaign to assist with signature collection and campaign materials. Billionaire Joe Liemandt provided Libertarian Booster PAC with $150,000 this year, making him their biggest donor.

Liemandt and his wife also contributed $4,090 to the Democratic Party of Virginia in 2012. They have contributed at least $175,200 to the Democratic National Committee since 2010, according to CQ Moneyline."

The Republican Candidate, Cuccinelli is vehemently opposed to ObamaCare.
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MahopacJack
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Message Posted: Oct 31, 2013 3:27:42 PM

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Another questionable activity, large payments for speeching engagements.

One would think that a person who was paid nearly half a million dollars would offer more than just “prepared remarks followed by questions.”

Also, Mrs. Clinton would seem a highly unlikely source of investment acumen.
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mudtoe
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2013 12:21:32 PM

The more power government has, the more money it takes in and controls, the more areas of people's lives that it intrudes upon and regulates, the more corruption there will be. It's like one of the physicals laws of science.


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