RIGGING THE 2012 ELECTION
In October of 2012, Jack Welch, the former CEO of General Electric, tweeted, “Unbelievable jobs numbers . . . these Chicago guys will do anything . . . can’t debate so change numbers.” The media was quick to dismiss the charge, deeming the drop in unemployment numbers to 7.8% in September 2012 from 8.1% in August solid, the Census data impeccable, and the suggestion of political manipulation preposterous. “This is a methodology that’s been used for decades,” responded Labor Secretary Hilda Solis. “[I]t is insulting when you hear people just cavalierly say that somehow we’re manipulating numbers,” she said angrily. On November 18, 2013, John Crudele of the New York Post broke a story that vindicates Welch and raises new questions of corruption about the Administration. Indeed, it now appears that the jobs numbers were cooked to skew the election in Obama’s favor.
Based on a source in the Census Bureau and on corroborating information, Crudele reported that employees within the Census Bureau fabricated data then (and to this day) to help bring about a drop in the unemployment numbers. In particular, Crudele identified a Census employee named Julius Buckmon who explained to Crudele that “he [Buckmon] was told to make up information by higher-ups at Census.” The falsification activity increased substantially as the November 2012 election approached.
The plot thickens when we realize that in 2009 President Obama took the unprecedented step of placing the Census Bureau under direct White House control, ordering the Census Bureau Director to report directly to “White House senior management,” an action that caused Congressman Darrell Issa, Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, then to complain: “This implies that President Obama intends on getting a count to his liking. It borders on overt political corruption.” Indeed, now we know why the White House worked diligently to lay a foundation for direct political control of the Bureau.
This past week, on behalf of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Chairman Issa sent Census Bureau Director John Thompson a letter demanding his response to the allegations contained in Crudele’s New York Post article. Issa is demanding production of all of Buckmon’s emails, identification of all of his supervisors, and all documents germane to this scandal. Chances are, however, that the Administration will stone wall in response to the Issa demands, as it has to everyone of his information requests, ranging from the Fast and Furious Scandal to the Benghazi terror cover-up.
This latest election theft scandal adds to the overwhelming acts of corruption that epitomize politics as usual within the Obama Administration. At the Department of Justice, the Administration continues to stone wall, asserting executive privilege to block production of documents germane to its botched arms trafficking, Fast and Furious operation. At the Department of State, the Administration continues to stone wall and block testimony from those with direct knowledge of the Administration’s failure to come to the aid of the embassy in Benghazi and to cover-up the terrorist incident with false claims that it was a spontaneous mass reaction to a video critical of Islam.
At the IRS, the Administration continues to stone wall in response to inquiries designed to determine the extent to which the Administration’s political appointee, the IRS Chief Counsel, was involved in the systemic IRS effort to retard and block approvals for tax-exempt status for Tea Party and conservative groups leading up to the 2012 presidential elections. At the White House, the President twists against the political winds as more and more information comes to light on White House awareness of the impact Obamacare would have on forcing individuals with private health insurance and small employers with private plans off those plans and onto the Obamacare exchanges, while the President promised that none would be forced to lose those plans due to Obamacare. In sum, this President and this Administration are deeply ensconced in the mire of corruption and illegality.
The level and degree of the corruption is unprecedented; the Obama Administration is the most corrupt in American history. President Nixon was forced to resign for illegal conduct that is but a small fraction of the law violations this Administration has committed. Every day that passes without formal investigations into the extent to which each of the scandals gives rise to impeachable offenses warranting removal of Obama from office is a day that condones the injustices.
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The time has come for Americans of all political stripes to realize that regardless of what you think the appropriate role of government ought to be, none should condone crime in government. Watergate was to have seared into the American political and legal creed the commandment that no one, and especially not the President of the United States, is above the law. The Obama Administration would have us believe the opposite: that this President and his Administration are indeed above the law and that they are entirely unaccountable to the Courts, to the Congress, and to the American people. To date, the Obama Administration has gotten away with the theft of an election, violation of federal law across government departments and agencies, and lies to the American people. When will the nation purge itself of the corruption, and if it does not purge itself what is to prevent future Administration’s from using the same illegal methods?
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