Obama Scandals Update: Death By A Thousand Cuts

It’s long overdue (as in, “I haven’t mentioned it in at least 72 hours”) for another round of Obama Scandals Updates!

 

First up, the bad news. No silver bullets here. No smoking guns. Nothing that is guaranteed to bring down at least several major figures, just more piling on. But just because it ain’t happened yet doesn’t mean it ain’t coming. In fact, it’s growing more likely.

 

Operation Fast And Furious: The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms scam to aid and abet Mexican drug cartels in obtaining weapons here in the US and smuggle them back into Mexico is continuing to unravel. The most significant development is news that other parts of the Justice Department were involved in the coverup. It turns out that more Fast and Furious guns were recovered at a murder scene by the FBI — which promptly disappeared said guns and tried to keep their existence a secret.

 

What makes this critically significant is one blatantly obvious point — the FBI is not part of the BATF. What makes that important is that it proves that Fast And Furious wasn’t simply a matter of one rogue BATF office — a significant part of the Justice Department was both aware of and involved in the coverup of the whole mess. That would be the Justice Department headed up by Attorney General Eric Holder, hand-picked by President Obama.

 

Solyndra Greenscam: Solyndra is… er, was… the solar energy company that President Obama singled out for praise as an exemplar of how “green jobs” would be the wave of the future. But Solyndra’s business plan was seriously flawed — it was going to go up against its main competitors with a product that was not only significantly more expensive, but offered no real competitive advantages. Most business analysts said it was doomed to fail. Regardless, the Obama administration issued them over half a billion dollars in loan guarantees. And when the regulators whose job it was to issue those guarantees pointed out that it was a really bad investment, the White House specifically ordered them to give the guarantees — which were promptly snatched up by a major Obama financial backer. Which means that Mr. Kaiser will get back his investment in Solyndra — even if it means that we, the taxpayers, have to pony up whatever he can’t get out of Solyndra’s corpse.

 

Gibson Guitars: This one is a new one, and seems pretty piddling — but it’s quite telling. Gibson imports some of the wood it uses in its very high-quality guitars. Someone seems to think that the woods it imports are harvested and exported in violation of local laws, which under US law makes them illegal. The FBI conducted a very high-profile raid on Gibson, seizing a lot of the wood and shutting down their production lines.

 

On the surface, nothing exceptional. Laws alleged broken, illegal material imported, the feds get involved. All fairly simple and logical.

 

Where it gets complicated is when you start poking into the details. The wood in question might or might not have been illegal — it was imported from Madagascar, and Madagascar has said that it doesn’t think its laws were violated. Further, the wood in question — a high-quality ebony — is imported and used by a lot of other companies, who have not been raided by federal agents armed with fully-automatic weapons. And one of Gibson’s biggest competitors, C. F. Martin & Company, makes quite similar guitars with exactly the same wood for its fingerboards.

 

So, what makes Gibson so worthy of attention? What makes them different enough from Martin to draw the attention of the feds? Well, there are two differences that shouldn’t make a difference — but very well might. Gibson’s CEO is a big donor to Republicans, and Gibson is not a union shop. Martin’s CEO backs Democrats, and his workers are unionized. We know that the Obama administration likes unions and Democratic donors; I’d be fascinated to hear how that doesn’t matter, that there were other factors involved in singling out Gibson over any and all other importers of Ebony.

 

Another disturbing element is Gibson’s claim that since it was the importation of the wood in unfinished form, they could have avoided the problems by having workers in Madagascar work the wood, and not workers in their American plant. The message seems to be that the Obama administration wants to work the laws to export American jobs abroad. This ties in with their praising of General Electric, which is shipping jobs to China, and their blocking of Boeing’s opening their already-built $2-billion plant in South Carolina — in Boeing’s case, they were told they couldn’t create a couple thousand high-paying jobs there, but had to bring them back to Washington — or overseas.

 

The unifying theme behind Solyndra, Gibson, and Boeing is that the government seems to be getting in the business of picking winners and losers in the business world — and demonstrating the customary ineptitude one has come to expect from this administration. The “Obama Death Touch” seems to be holding strong, as yet once again it shows clearly that whenever President Obama expresses his support for in individual, organization, or company, they’re doomed to fail.

 

Anyway, none of these scandals seem likely to bring down Obama himself, let alone any high-ranking officials (with the possible exception of Fast & Furious, which could bring down Attorney General Holder). But they do put the lie to the “most open and ethical administration” and “hope and change,” and show that the Obama administration is, by and large, simply an expansion of the Chicago Democratic Political Machine system on a national scale.

 

As I said, it’s a bit early to draw any conclusions. (Well, apart from “Obama is a SCOAMF,” but that’s a given.) But we definitely need to keep digging.

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  • herddog505

    Does it matter?  For most voters, the deciding issue is the economy: if it is in reasonable shape, i.e. they have jobs and job security, then the president and his party do well.  If it’s not in reasonable shape, then the president and his party do poorly.  Yes, scandals mean something to partisans, but their votes are unlikely to be swayed by much of anything; at most, they’ll stay home.

    Barry’s problem isn’t Solyndra, or Gibson, or Gunwalker: it’s the unemployment rate.  I suggest that, if the unemployment rate was around 5%, then it wouldn’t matter if Solyndra were a front for a Mexican drug gang that used gunwalker weapons to utterly destroy Gibson guitar: Barry would cruise to reelection.

    • jim_m

      That’s true as long as most voters are defined as conservatives and independents. 

      If you are talking about the left then the deciding factor is race.  Voting against obama for any reason would be proof beyond any doubt for the left that you are a racist.  Which is why we see no primary opposition despite the fact that he is a complete failure.  Almost every day now we see some new column by a lefty pundit saying how obama has screwed up the economy, that obamacare was a mistake, etc,etc.  Yet no one on the left will dare to stand against him solely because of the race issue.

  • PBunyan

    JT, you forgot to add that it has now been discovered that the Justice’s Departments “gunwalking” programs have also been run in Florida, and Texas as well as a domestic program in Indiana ( Ref 1, Ref 2).  This indicates that it was in fact created and coordinated at the highest levels of the Obama regime.

  • Jeff Blogworthy

    Obama breaks guitars.

  • Bob Armstrong

    Boy, I hope one of these really does turn into an “Obama Scandal” someday just so poor Jay Tea won’t have to lie in his headlines as often.

    • Anonymous

      I hope that one day you will make an intelligent comment someday, one of us is likely to be disappointed for a long time, but it won’t be you.

    • Anonymous

      Ok.  Let’s change it to “Obama Administration Scandals.”  Do you have a problem with that?  If so, please explain why?

      And while you’re at it, please address the actual substance of the post, which is summarized in the following two sentences:

      “[N]one of these scandals seem likely to bring down Obama himself…  But they do put the lie to the “most open and ethical administration” and “hope and change,” and show that the Obama administration is, by and large, simply an expansion of the Chicago Democratic Political Machine system on a national scale.”

      • jim_m

        You have it exactly right. In any other admin the left would be pointing out that the President is responsible for what happens on his watch. Instead they are covering and spinning why it is that obama is not responsible for the corruption and incompetence.

        Frankly the scandals are not surprising to anyone who comes from Chicago and they are not surprising in an administration that ran on a platform that is no more than empty promises. 

        • herddog505

          Remember Abu Ghraib?  A pack of clowns who never should have been allowed into uniform mistreated prisoners.  The Army got wind of it and was investigating.  The left’s response?  Not only was it Bush’s fault, it was done at his explicit orders.  “War crimes!  Impeachment!” As I recall the period from January, 2001 to January, 2009, George Bush was always solely and completely responsible for everything bad that happened anywhere.  9-11.  Abu Ghraib. Katrina.  Financial meltdown.  Mrs. Smertz losing her cat.  You name it, Bush was PERSONALLY responsible.

          Fast forward to the period after January, 2009.  Barry isn’t responsible for anything.  It’s his “administration”.  It’s “headwinds”.  It’s “I inherited this”.  It’s “bad luck”.  And his supporters – the same people who wanted Bush hung for ANYTHING even remotely bad – ae cool with that.1

          Two possible explanations:

          1.  The left is so utterly hypocrticial as to be completely incapable of honesty, or;

          2.  The left knows that their standard bearers (Bad Luck Barry, in this case) are totally incompetent fools who can’t possibly know what’s going on, and therefore should be given a pass at all times.  It’s sort of like how being mentally handicapped can be a defense against criminal charges: “He didn’t know what he was doing.”

          Which would be true if it was President Biden…

          • Anonymous

            Except the torture policies the low-ranking enlisted scapegoats were following have since been traced right up to memoranda signed by Bush and Rumsfeld.

      • Bob Armstrong

        Since none of these “scandals” have been traced back to the President, yes — “Obama Administration Scandals” would at least be honest.

        But then wiznutties don’t come here for “facts” and “truth” and to escape “Lamestream Media distortion” – they come here to get their ObamaHate on, and Jay Tea and others serve it up with all the lies and BS you want.

        This laundry list is nothing close to “Obama scandals” and you’d have to be an idiot to believe it is.

        Cue the idiots…

        • Anonymous

          So Barry’s a fucking idiot and doesn’t know what goes on in his own administration?  Thank you for verifying what we’ve all long suspected.

        • Oysteria

          Armstrong~ “But then wiznutties don’t come here for “facts” and “truth” and to escape “Lamestream Media distortion” – “

          I can only speak for myself but I come here partly to laugh at you.  And to see what new lame-assed words you can come up with to personally insult your hosts and others around you.  It would seem that if you’re so freaking smart and insightful, you might have impressed us at some point.  But like Brian, I remain disappointed.

        • retired.military

          “Since none of these “scandals” have been traced back to the President, yes ”

          Gee BOb.  That didnt seem to matter when Bush was in office.  Haliburton, Plame, and a dozen other “scandals” were all laid at the feet of Bush.

          Meanwhile the left gave Bill and Hillary a pass on the billing records found in a room in the WH after about 2 years and the dozen or so other scandals that went straight back to Bill and Hillary.

        • retired.military

          Bob

          Just FYI

          You have been reported to http://www.attackwatch.com for spreading lies about Obama.

          • Anonymous

            Retired.Military

            Thats the best comment I’ve read all week; heck, maybe all year.  +1000 

            Semper Fidelis-

          • retired.military

            Thank you thank you.  I will be here all week.

      • Bob Armstrong

        Since none of these “scandals” have been traced back to the President, yes — “Obama Administration Scandals” would at least be honest.

        But then wiznutties don’t come here for “facts” and “truth” and to escape “Lamestream Media distortion” – they come here to get their ObamaHate on, and Jay Tea and others serve it up with all the lies and BS you want.

        This laundry list is nothing close to “Obama scandals” and you’d have to be an idiot to believe it is.

        Cue the idiots…

    • Anonymous

      Oh which lie are you talking about again, the one where the ATF ran guns,,, nope that can’t be it, the one where there was a shady deal with a green company that went belly up,,,,, nope not that one either,,,, the one where the admin is going to cost a couple of hundred american jobs a guitar company…. nope that can’t be it… I know your the smartest guy here so there must be a lie somewhere there….. hmmm …….

      • jim_m

        In Bob’s dictionary a lie is anything that he disagrees with.  Most of what he calls lies are easily verified as fact by spending ten seconds searching on Google or Bing.

        • Anonymous

          I also notice in Bob’s world if his administration is involved in a scandal he’s not responsible for it, that is unless it “traced back to the president” directly, In most administrations everything traces back to the president he’s supposed to be in charge, but Bob has lower expectations of Obama, I wonder why?

          • retired.military

            “Bob has lower expectations of Obama, I wonder why?      ‘

            Even a broken watch is right twice a day ??

    • PBunyan

      Be careful what you wish for, asshole.

    • Anonymous

      So arming Mexican cartels who kill anyone in their way is not scandalously offensive to you? Gee, racepants,  have some more  denial kook aide you hapless brown noser.

      • Anonymous

        Bob probably figures people like border guards that might get in the line of fire are all republicans or even worse tea party people so if they die no big deal. Haven’t you noticed he wishes shit like that on people he disagrees with .

    • Anonymous

      Little Bobby got his mouth washed out for using the R card, so now his weapon is: Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire.

      Sigh, so predictable.

  • Anonymous

    Incredibly enough, according to the Wash Ex. today, the Obama administration is trying to blame….
    sit down for this…….Bush, for Solyndra.

    • Anonymous

      I thought Bush already had his 8 years…. When was he nominated to run ATF or Justice, I missed it.

    • Boy, for all the horrible things Emmanuel Goldstein George W. Bush gets blamed for, I sure hope the Republicans don’t nominate him for President in 2012.

      […]

      Oh, wait…

      • Anonymous

        Well you know he was selected no elected so I think he can run 1 more time.

    • Anonymous

      Whats even funnier is that W told Solyndra to go pound sand when they applied for a federal subsidy.

  • Anonymous

    Bobbypants racecraft, you give filthy hippies a bad name.

  • Anonymous

    Solyindra is the major scandal that you can directly blame Obama for, and it’s big – half a billion.

    The rest are just the usual federal law enforcement run wild.

    • Jeff Blogworthy

      Funny how federal law enforcement only seems to “run wild” on Democrats’ watch. The Clinton JD produced a death inferno, the shooting of innocent people at Ruby Ridge, and the Elian Gonzales midnight fiasco, fast forward to Obama and we get more lawless killing. What happened in the interim?

      • Anonymous

        I seem to remember scores of people legally in the country were locked up right after 9/11.

        Bush’s administration argued that Jose Padilla, an American citizen arrested in America, could be held indefinately without access to a lawyer or any judicial review, only on Bush’s say-so.

        Not to mention all of the warrentless spying.

        That is about as “wild” as it gets in running over the Constitution.

        • Jeff Blogworthy

          Padilla, a.k.a. Abdullah al-Muhajir or Muhajir Abdullah became an enemy combatant in the war on terror. He’s a traitor. He was detained, tried and convicted. On January 22, 2008, Padilla was sentenced by Judge Marcia G. Cooke of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida to 17 years and four months in prison.

          Wow. You’re right Chico. That’s almost just like deploying tanks, shooting, gassing, and burning U.S. citizens without a trial at all. “Wild as it gets.” Moron.

        • Jeff Blogworthy

          Padilla, a.k.a. Abdullah al-Muhajir or Muhajir Abdullah became an enemy combatant in the war on terror. He’s a traitor. He was detained, tried and convicted. On January 22, 2008, Padilla was sentenced by Judge Marcia G. Cooke of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida to 17 years and four months in prison.

          Wow. You’re right Chico. That’s almost just like deploying tanks, shooting, gassing, and burning U.S. citizens without a trial at all. “Wild as it gets.” Moron.

    • retired.military

      But you will vote for him anyway Chico, no matter what.

    • Anonymous

      I disagree Chico, gun walker is crimal and is without a doubt the biggest scandal facing this administration and should end up with people in jail period.

  • Anonymous

    And still my guitar gently weeps….

  • Anonymous

    Meanwhile, Ben and his bankster gang are preparing this week to ship a few measly Trillion (of our money) to the European Banks in order to prop them up  –  trying to delay the inevitable (they – the European Banks – have already been locked out of the American Money Markets)… but they will end up just like Leman Brothers.  And as their banks begin to fail – so too will their governments.  This Jackson Hole bankster shin-dig is fixing to end on the 21st.  Thats when it will happen…while we’re focused on other stuff, the most egregious thievery will be taking place (again) right under our noses.  It’ll be months (heck, maybe till Jan 2013) before a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit from the likes of Bloomberg or the WSJ will force our government to disclose what happened (once again).  But by then it will be too late.  Any wagers who will be left standing to be held accountable? – scratch that –  more to the point: Who do you think will be stuck with the bill? 

    Lotsa bills coming due soon.

    Semper Fidelis-

  • Anonymous

    Death by A Thousand Cuts, or by Trillions of Cuts; doesn’t really matter….Its still Death.

  • retired.military

    I have reported several news stories to Attackwatch.com

    They were articles with complete lies and fabrications about President.  The authors were
    Johanthon Alter
    Barrack Obama
    and
    Dee Dee Myers.

    I urge all my fellow conservatives that every time they see a “news” story with a lie about Obama (not hard if you read the NY Times, LA Times, watch MSNBC, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, or NPR) that you go to attackwatch.com and report it.  Only takes a few seconds of your time.

    I was disconcerted though that someone already had used the name [email protected] to report something.

  • Anonymous

    Every night before I go to bed I pray that one of the gun-runner guns is found in the Solyndra break room.