Remember Marc Rich, James Comey And Bill Clinton — Today’s headlines and top stories concern faux outrage by swamp-dwellers regarding a 20-minute meeting at which no deals were made and all participants agreed was a waste of time.
So with nothing in the news — well, there is looming nuclear war in Korea, revolution in Venezuela, the crushing defeat of ISIS in Mosul and looming massive changes to our health care delivery system but leave those things aside — let us have a history lesson.
And the history lesson is Marc Rich.
Marc Rich was a billionaire international commodoties trader whose clients included Fidel Castro, Marxist Angola, the Nicaraguan Sandinistas, Muammar Gaddafi, Nicolae Ceaușescu, Augusto Pinochet and the apartheid regime of South Africa.
After the overthrow of the Shah in Iran, he developed a special relationship with Ayatolla Khomeini and undermined our oil embargo with that terrorist-supporting nation.
In 1983, he and partner Pincus Green were indicted by then federal prosecutor Rudy Giuliani on 65 criminal counts including tax evasion, wire fraud, racketeering and trading with Iran during the embargo — while Iran was holding U.S. hostages.
Looking at 300 years in prison, he fled to Switzerland and lived on the lam with his great wealth.
On Jan. 20, 2001, his last day as president, Bill Clinton — that’s Hillary’s husband — pardoned Rich. Some cynics suggested the pardon was purchased with $1 million in campaign contributions to the Democrat National Committee, $100,000 to Hillary Clinton’s senate campaign and $450,000 to the Clinton Library foundaton.
So an investigation was launched. Who was tasked with running it? Our old friend James Comey. He found nothing wrong. Nobody was surprised. The swamp takes care of its own.
The Trumps are not part of the swamp. Those who don’t live in Washington D.C. know full well that Donald Trump Jr. et al did nothing worth being upset about concerning that short meeting with Russian Natalia Veselnitskaya on June 9, 2016.
I mean it’s not like he propped up the Iranians and Castro and supported apartheid, right?
As Montgomery County’s watchdog and voice for the forgotten taxpayer, I have on multiple occasions exposed the Democrat Commissioners’ practices of catering to campaign donors, especially in the area of low-income housing.
My hope was that my shining a light on the shaded backroom governing practices of former Commissioner Josh Shapiro would put an end to politics as usual in Montgomery County.
However, since Commissioner (Val) Arkoosh assumed the role of chair of the board in November 2016 the practice of catering to campaign donors continues.
There comes a point where we can no longer dismiss these votes as isolated incidents and must call it what it is: A pattern and practice of raising taxes on county residents while awarding sweetheart deals to campaign donors.
In the past, the awarding of contracts to campaign donors was done mostly through the allocation of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds. However recently, Commissioner Arkoosh has been doing most of her catering through Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance (LERTA) which gives local taxing authorities the ability to give special tax provisions to a taxpayer for a limited period of time.
This is particularly concerning because Commissioner Arkoosh, with the help of former Commissioner Josh Shapiro who broke his no-tax pledge, has voted to raise taxes on the average county taxpayer every year she has been in office.
When looking at the most recent occurrence and then tracing back to prior votes, the facts speak for themselves:
At the meeting held June 15, 2017, Commissioner Arkoosh voted to award ELON Development Company, a development arm of the Altman Group of Companies, special tax exemptions for a low-income, senior housing project in Norristown.1 The developer, through another arm of the company, Glenside Partners, has made $1,000 in campaign contributions to Commissioner Arkoosh’s campaign committee, 2 $2,500 to the Shapiro/Arkoosh joint campaign account,3 and has given $1,000 to Former Commissioner Josh Shapiro’s campaign committee.4
At the meeting held February 2, 2017, Commissioner Arkoosh voted to award Developer Kevin Silverang special tax exemption for a project in the Borough of Hatboro.5 Kevin Silverang’s wife, Claudia Silverang has donated to $2,500 to the joint Shapiro/Arkoosh campaign account6 and a total of $14,500 to former Commissioner Shapiro’s campaign committee.7
Silverang is also the beneficiary of a sale/leaseback agreement in which the County sold its Human Services Building to Silverang for $17.5 million and then agreed to leaseback the building for $34.5 million in rent over the course of 15 years.8
At the meeting held December 1, 2016, Arkoosh voted to award Westrum Development Co. special tax exemptions as well as a tax forgiveness of $40,000 owed in County taxes (in addition to forgiveness of more than $750,000 in taxes owed to Norristown School District and Municipality).9 At that meeting, Michael Clarke, the Solicitor of the Norristown School Board, urged the Commissioners to vote for the project.10 Michael Clarke has donated $2,500 to Commissioner Arkoosh’s campaign account.11
These most recent examples are in addition to the other deals with donors which I exposed in the past. Along with this press release, I am including my previous releases that explain the catering to campaign contributors I brought to light last year.
H8ers Gonna Kill — A politically motivated attack on Republican congressmen at a baseball field in Virginia this morning, June 14, shows that those with large platforms better be as careful with what they say as they demand average folk to be with firearms.
Scalise is the third-ranking member of the House of Representatives.
The shooter, who was killed by the Capitol Police security detail, has been identified as James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Ill.
Hodgkinson reportedly inquired if those on the field were Republicans before opening fire with a rifle. His Facebook page promiently features Socialist-progressive Bernie Sanders. On March 22, he posted: Trump is a Traitor. Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy. It’s Time to Destroy Trump & Co.
If one does not think that bloody images of our president presented by people praised by our elites don’t give license for violence then they are either delusional fools or employees at establishment media outlets.
The most dangerous person is one who thinks he’s inherently good and that fits the bill for self-proclaimed progressives. This type does not feel any need to try to understand those who disagree and finds himself able to justify any action whether it be slander, theft, vandalism, sexual abuse, and murder.
USA Greenest Nation Or In Top 6 Anyway — The USA is not quite the greenest nation on Earth. It’s 12th according to the World Health Organization. Of course, if one takes out South Pacific island paradises like Vanatu, Fiji, Micronesia and the Solomons, and one discounts non-industrial places like Brunei and Liberia, then we are a solid sixth behind New Zealand, Australia, Sweden, Finland and Canada.
We are ahead of the international common scolds that are France and Germany.
Don’t even ask about India, China and Russia.
Point that out the next time a CNN watcher whines about us leaving the Paris Climate Scam.
Free Speech, Political Correctness And Hate — Attention-seeker Kathy Griffin who some call a comedian circulated a photo of herself holding our President’s bloody head.
This isn’t speech to be defended. Speech to be defended concerns telling objective truths i.e. Nigger Jim was a character in Huckleberry Finn, and expressing opinions i.e. the theory of evolution is wrong.
Speech that unambiguously incites violence, much less murder, must not be defended. Note the word “unambiguously”. Certain snowflakes, who are ironically far more likely to be fans of Ms. Griffin than the rest of us, would claim that saying MAGA or that homosexuality is sinful incites violence. That is the Kafkaesque sea in which they swim.
In the 1960s and 1970s, funnymen like Redd Foxx, Don Rickles and Mel Brooks used ethnic humor in ways that would give the children who now set our social standards vapors. There was no hate in what they said, though. One always felt they actually liked the people they teased.
That is not the case for the “edgy” garbage that passes for “humor’ today. Holding the bloody head of a living person can only be construed as hate.
Seth Rich Story Ignored — Guess what story did not make the pages establishment media. That’s right, the revelation that murdered Democrat National Committee Voter Data Director Seth Rich was the Wikileaks source regarding dirty deeds by the Hillary Clinton campaign.
Corrupt Hillary Or How We Really Dodged A Bullet — As Democrats become ever more unhinged over President Trump’s glorious swamp draining, another revelation of Hillary Clinton’s unabashed corruption has occurred. Yes, we really dodged a bullet.
Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina says then Secretary of State Clinton made a personal call to to pressure her to keep Muhammed Yunus as chairman of the country’s Grameen Bank.
Bangladesh law prohibits civil servants from working beyond the age of 60. Yunus was 70 in March 2011 when the call was made.
The bank’s nonprofit Grameen America, which Yunus chairs, had given between $100,000 and $250,000 to the Clinton Global Initiative. Grameen Research, also chaired by Yunus, donated between $25,000 and $50,000.
Why would a “nonprofit charity” donate to another “nonprofit charity”? The answer is when the “nonprofit charity” is not a “nonprofit charity” but a means of getting rich. A small bribe here can often garner greater lucre there.
Hypocrite James Comey Fired From Swamp — Thank you President Trump. The swamp is being drained. If you really want to sow confusion, now, among the angry swamp dwellers, pardon your foe, Martha Stewart.
She is a convicted felon for doing things far less vile than last year’s Democrat presidential candidate.
And the guy who prosecuted her? That’s right, the same guy who was just peachy with Hillary Clinton’s greed, corruption and treasonous irresponsibility.
What did James Comey say about Martha’s prosecution?
“If it was Jane Doe she would have been prosecuted . . . there were 2,000 cases by the Justice Department that year for providing false statements during an investigation. I thought of my hesitation about the case due to someone being rich and famous, and how it shouldn’t be that way. I decided we had to do it.”
Good riddance James Comey, you swamp-dwelling hypocrite.
Paris Agreement Bad For USA — There are some — including reportedly daughter Ivanka — pushing President Trump to keep the USA in the Paris Agreement as committed to by President Obama. The agreement puts restrictions on the use of energy in the guise of stopping “climate change”.
Hopefully, The Donald is strong enough to stand up to the pressure.
The Paris Agreement is not about saving the world. It is about shackling the economy of the United States to weaken her and make her more malleable to the will of international plutocrats.
The biggest polluters like China, India and Russia do not hesitate to ignore the obligations to which they have agreed.
Obviously, pollution is a bad thing and obviously it is desirable to limit greenhouse gases. We do not, however, have to submit to internationalists to achieve these ends and it is unwise to do so.